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How Much Dark Chocolate Should I Eat a Day

Hi Good People. How are you today? Have you ever asked yourself, how much dark chocolate should i eat a day? The doctor recommends: No more than 25 grams of chocolate per day.

The enjoyment of chocolate can replenish the happiness hormones – but unfortunately also the hips. It is therefore important to be measured. 

how much dark chocolate should i eat a day
Photo by Acharaporn Kamornboonyarush 

Chocolate is considered nerve food, a comforter of the soul, and is booming especially during the Christmas season. And its quality also mostly delivers on its promises. In the test of the Stiftung Warentest, more than one in two performed "good".

But what about the famous chocolate myths? Three questions to Professor Curt Diehm, a specialist in internal and vascular medicine at the Max-Grundig-Klinik in Bühl, Germany.

Chocolate makes you happy. But is it good for the heart?

That depends on the chocolate. It can affect mental well-being and thus the heart. The darker chocolate with 70 percent cocoa content contains antioxidants that can protect and soothe body cells. This is helpful against stress. Flavonoids and polyphenols in dark chocolate are the ones that have a vasodilatory effect. 

The brighter one is again good for the soul, which is not to be underestimated. Because the heart is psychologically controlled. In this way, the happiness hormones can be filled with light chocolate. Due to the high sugar and fat content in milk chocolate unfortunately also the hips.

For a long time, dark chocolate plus a glass of red wine kept the vessels elastic. What do you think?

That is outdated! Each drop of alcohol increases the rate of developing cancer. From a medical point of view, therefore, one cannot recommend alcohol.

So just chocolate. How much of this is justifiable?

I think a quarter of a bar of chocolate a day is unproblematic when exercised moderately. That's 25 grams. Everything beyond that goes to calories and obesity.

The test results

What makes good chocolate? It should have a distinct cocoa note, be creamy in taste and smell of caramel. If the panels are still free of air bubbles, have a smooth surface, and do not splinter at the break lines, they score points at the Stiftung Warentest. 21 out of 25 chocolate bars tested have therefore received the grade "good" or "very good" from the testers in the item "Sensory Judgment", reports the magazine "test".

Many products "good"

However, the overall assessment was worse. Here, only 15 products received the grade "good". The test winners include "The Good Chocolate" (1 Euro/100 g), "Marabou Mjölk Cjhoklad" (1.12 Euro/100 g) as well as "Merci Edel-Rahm" (1.30/100 g) and "Milka Alpenmilch" (1 Euro/100 g). 

In addition, the Stiftung Warentest awarded the grade "satisfactory" nine times and "sufficient" once. This panel is heavily nickel-contaminated, but according to the magazine, this is not harmful to health.

Manufacturers have problems with mineral oil under control. 

For a long time, traces of mineral oil were a problem with chocolates. Now the product testers attest that the manufacturers now have the problem "under control". For this purpose, no chocolate is significantly contaminated with pesticides or the pollutant cadmium.

In some cases, the testers criticize a herb-like foreign note in the taste or a misleading image of a vanilla pod on the packaging, even though only the flavoring product vanillin is used. Vanilla pods or extracts are also on some ingredient lists, but in fact, the chocolate only contains traces of it, according to the testers.

Now, that we know how much dark chocolate should i eat a day. May this pandemic end soon. Stay safe.