As a dietitian and food scientist, I’ve been concerned about the impact of our ever-growing chocolate consumption.
In addition to its cacao-based flavor, chocolate contains polyphenols, which have been shown to be beneficial for our health, and in recent years, researchers have found chocolate can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
However, as we’ve seen in the case of chocolate, the cocoa beans that make up the bulk of chocolate in our diet are also rich in fructose, which is linked to obesity, diabetes, and obesity-related disease.
What are the risks of chocolate?
Chocolate contains polycarbonate, a type of polymer that has been shown in animal studies to increase the risk for cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.
While some of these polycarbonates are actually carcinogenic, there is no definitive evidence that they are safe for human consumption, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned against consuming chocolate with sugar.
For the most part, it is a safe snack, but eating too many of these products can lead to heartburn, constipation, nausea, and vomiting, which can worsen your symptoms.
One of the best ways to cut down on chocolate intake is to limit your intake of refined carbohydrates, such as white flour, rice, and corn.
This can be achieved by reducing the amount of sugar you consume by eating less refined carbs such as potatoes, pasta, and cereals, or by cutting out refined grains like white bread, white rice, pasta sauces, and breadsticks.
These foods tend to be lower in saturated fat, so a reduction in these foods will help reduce your sugar intake and the risk from obesity.
Another thing you can do to cut back on your chocolate consumption is to eat more whole grains and legumes, which contain a lot of fiber and contain antioxidants.
A new study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association (JADA) has found that people who eat more legumes and whole grains, such the soybeans and lentils, have a lower risk of obesity and diabetes.
Studies have also shown that eating more whole-grain foods, such whole-wheat bread, brown rice, quinoa, and quinoa products, can lower the risk associated with obesity and cardiovascular disease.
Eating less sugar can also help you reduce your risk for obesity and other chronic diseases, such diabetes.
Eating a variety of foods is also important to reduce your saturated fat intake.
It is important to remember that consuming too many refined carbohydrates in addition to the polycarbonated products can also be linked to a number of chronic diseases including obesity and heart disease.
So, if you or someone you know is struggling with weight loss or eating disorder, it’s important to be proactive.