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The Dangers In Chocolate

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Article by S. Wagner

Let's face it, many of us are chocoholics. If we weren't, we wouldn't be constantly bombarded with ads for Ring Dings, Devil Dogs and what have you. If you counted the number of ads in newspapers, magazines and on TV for some kind of chocolate product and tied them end to end, you could probably go to the moon and back a hundred times. Well, as good as chocolate might taste, especially that absolutely incredible German chocolate, it is probably one of the worst things you can put in your body. In this article, we'll cover just a few of the dangers of chocolate and chocolate based products. You may not ever eat another Ring Ding for the rest of your life.

The cocoa bean, of which chocolate is partially made, is loaded with caffeine. This is a good part of the reason why kids who eat a lot of chocolate are so hyper. The caffeine in some chocolate products is actually greater than the caffeine in a cup of coffee or even a can of cola. Chocolate in children is like putting them on speed. One of the biggest causes of ADHD in children is because of chocolate and chocolate based products.

But caffeine is only part of the problem and really just the tip of the iceberg. If you ever tasted chocolate in its pure form, you probably noticed that it was actually a little on the bitter side. It certainly isn't sweet like the chocolate products that you are used to eating. The reason these products are so sweet is because they are loaded with sugar. It is almost impossible to find a chocolate based product that isn't loaded with sugar, outside of dietetic products, simply because they quite honestly don't taste very good and there wouldn't be as big a market. As a result, the sugar contained in these chocolate products causes a number of problems including diabetes, high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, and way too many illnesses to list here. As a matter of fact, sugar is one of the leading caused of health problems in the United States.

To further add insult to injury, most commercially available chocolate products are loaded with chemicals to keep them fresh. Did you ever look at the expiration date on a package of Ring Dings? Nothing should last that long and still be edible.

So, as much as we all love chocolate (I am an ex addict), it is something that we can all do without. I personally have been chocolate free for 6 years and don't miss it one bit.

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