Nov 15 2023
Surprising Facts About Chocolate
Who doesn’t love chocolate, right? Chocolate has a long and illustrious reputation. Made from cocoa, which is derived from the beans of the cacao tree (whose scientific name translates to “food of the gods''), it has been used by some of the earliest Mesoamerican cultures as food, medicine, ritual offerings and perhaps even currency. It's no less valuable in modern times. Chocolate is a delicacy, adored and consumed by many all around the world. Despite its rich history and good reputation, today’s session will unveil both sides of the spectrum; the good and the bad. Don’t get me wrong, there are some health benefits. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, contains high amounts of magnesium & iron, has many powerful antioxidant properties and has been proven to improve cognitive function. According to the USDA, 50 grams of dark chocolate contains 114 milligrams of magnesium, which is about 35% of adult females' recommended dietary allowance. Milk chocolate contains about 31 milligrams of magnesium in 50 grams, about 16% of the RDA. Not only that, but some of its main components cause the brain to release serotonin or “feel good” hormones. However, though there are pros, there are also some pretty compelling cons. While dark chocolate can have positive effects on your health, a 2022 study by Consumer Reports found that eating dark chocolate every day could be harmful for adults, children and pregnant people. They tested 28 popular dark chocolate brands and found that 23 contained levels of lead and cadmium that could be dangerous to consume on a daily basis. Consuming these heavy metals can lead to developmental issues, immune system suppression, hypertension and kidney damage in adults and children. It can also wreak havoc on your hormones by creating a copper imbalance. Interested to learn more?Tune in to get the scoop on all things chocolate, the good and the ugly. I'll also touch on who shouldn't eat it, as well as how to consume it in a healthy way.You’ll Learn: The health benefits of chocolateWhy overconsumption of chocolate could be harmful to overall health and fertility What to avoid if consuming chocolateThanks so much for listening to our podcast! If you enjoyed this episode and think others would love to hear it, please share it using the social media buttons on this page. Do you have some feedback or questions about this episode or want to be a guest on the show? Leave a comment in the section below or visit the website to contact me!www.naturnalife.comSubscribing to The Podcast:If you would like to get automatic updates of new podcast episodes, you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Amazon, or whatever your favorite podcast app is!Ratings and reviews from our listeners are extremely valuable to us and greatly appreciated. They help our podcast rank higher on Apple Podcasts, which exposes our show to more awesome listeners like you. So if you have a minute, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts!