The Pros and Cons of Chocolate

Posted on November 4, 2011 by


Only since the 20th century has scientists concluded that research for the medicinal and nutritional uses of chocolate been substantiated.While finding that chocolate and cocoa powder can be a health food  and eaten daily in a diet, the article doesn’t state what can happen if it isn’t eaten in moderation. Up untl the 20th century, writers claim that chocolate was almost a miracle remedy for anything from heart ailments, the bubonic plague and aiding women to conceive. It names ancient people such as the Mesoamericans and Aztecs that used chocolate for fainting spells, skin blemishes, seizures and the common cold. The use of chocolate for skin remedies compares somewhat to other recent claims of beauty treatments in beauty salons that names the coco butter as the main beauty aid. Most of the remedies listed in the main article are mixtures that contain herbs which stengthens potency more and is the real kick behind the cure. Not any mention is made of the caffeine stimulant found in chocolate which if it isn’t taken moderately can become very addictive. Dark chocolate has higher caffeine amounts than milk chocolate but the milk chocolate is for better an individual. A factor that writers disclaim in their report. It refers to herb medicine which was used in folklore remedies and was also known in witch-lore and witchcraft brews. The use of herbs with chocolate claims to prevent and cure ailments for mental strains, conception, seizures and also as an aid in midwifery. It even names cures for depression and refers to evil-like spirits that can possess an indiviudal. To cure it, they suggest having chocolate with a breakfast meal to bring good results. Although writers don’t mention if it is necessary to add any additional potency to the cure, they give many recipes that include other herbs. This one goes as far as calling for opossum tail.

“To relieve fever or faintness, a combination of 8-10 ground cacao beans should be blended with dried maze and flavored with herbs. For a cough or cold, drink a beverage of opossum tail followed by a chocolate beverage mixed with a variety of herbs.”

This remedy consists of folklore and craft that I hope no one takes to seriously but one point again is that additional herbs are added. Also, other ingredients are needed, such as maze which I could not find anything on it when conducting a search, not even what it was. Relieving symptons of fever and faintness are serious as adding herbs can be too, and a physican should be consulted before doing either.

I enjoy chocolate and I am glad I decided to write about it. I learned more myself about the pros and cons, although I don’t consume large quantities of chocolate daily, I indulged more during the holiday seasons. With Halloween just wraping up, it was helpful to reinforce some pros and cons about the treat. The main article really lack in getting the facts across when it denied that chocolate already has a caffeine stimulate in it which can become habit-forming if not taken in moderation. The article caught my attention when it was visually appealing and appeared very informing until writers did not mention any other additives and that milk chocolate was not healthy for an individual. When searching for information about caffeine content in chocolate, I had trouble with this sort of denial on many sites. Although, I finally found an accurate and truthful account of the caffeine stimulate on Hersey’s site and here it is. They dispute writers of this article by stating that cocoa powder contain the highest amounts of caffeine, followed by unsweeten baking chocolate and dark chocolates. They confirm too, that milk chocolate contain the lowest amounts of caffeine and is better for you than dark chocolate and higher caffeine amounts is one reason. Chocolate also contains the drug, theobromine, a milder stimulate than caffeine on the central nervous system but another reason we all should enjoy chocolate like it was deveolped for but in moderation. Stimulates such as these found in chocolate are the reasons it had medicinal uses down through the ages and it should have been stated in the article. Unfortunately, this flawed the  article and it read more like a story of legends, witchcraft and folklore but go ahead and enjoy a little chocolate anyway!