What are the disadvantages of consuming chocolate?

Although chocolate is sweet on your taste buds and brings up a big smile on your face it has its own set of disadvantages.

We are aware that any food consumed in moderation is fine. Even chocolates have pros and cons, the nutritional value of chocolate can vary from different brands and the process by which it is made.

  • High Calories − Chocolate is full of calories. A 1.55-ounce bar of milk chocolate contains 235 calories. This is very high compared to other snack foods. Consuming high-calorie foods can lead to obesity. Working out and burning calories consumed by chocolate is much tougher. It would take 57 minutes of heavy lifting and 43 minutes of aerobics to burn 210 calories.
  • High in sugar content − The rich flavor of chocolate is obtained not only due to the calories it contains but also from the high sugar content. A normal serving of chocolate bar contains 22.66 grams of sugar. Few may say that sugar can provide energy when worked up with other carbohydrates, but it has a lot of drawbacks.
  • Affects tooth − Consuming chocolate works on the tooth and increases tooth decay. Tooth cavities in kids are mainly due to consumption of chocolates.

  • Lack of Minerals and Vitamins  − A detrimental effect can be made on your body if you consume chocolate as a snack instead of a healthier one, because of its few beneficial nutrients. Researchers prove that chocolate isn’t a significant source of minerals and vitamins that need be taken on a daily basis. Chocolate just provides 8% of the daily suggested intake of calcium and 2% of iron intake.

People often tend to say dark chocolate is healthy and can improve the working of a weak heart as it contains plant compounds but the calorie intake is as high as a normal milk chocolate. The silver lining to it is that it almost contains half of the sugar found in a milk chocolate. Eating chocolate occasionally in small amounts will help you maximize the benefits of eating chocolate while minimizing the risks.