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Chocolate and health

Like all foods containing sugar, chocolate can give you a short-lived energy boost, but this will rebound by triggering hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), fatigue and depression. To relieve these symptoms, more chocolate (or sugar) is needed, and in this way chocolate can become additive (especially when the sugar problem is added to its endorphin releasing properties).

Migraine sufferers should be aware that chocolate contains 20mg of caffeine per ounce (30g). It's also rich in oxalic acid, which inhibits calcium absorption and promotes the formation of kidney stones in prone individuals. Its high sugar content is also damaging to teeth.

For concerned consumers, health food stores offer a variety of carob bars whose taste resembles chocolate. See 'Carob'; See 'Carob'; 'Chocolate'; 'Chocolate cravings'; 'Chocolate; Forasteros Production figures (latest available)'

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