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Is Nutella chocolate spread healthy or unhealthy? Is it ok to give to a child for a snack?

Is Nutella chocolate spread healthy or unhealthy? Is it ok to give to a child for a snack?

Depends: Nutella has a lot of calories, fat, and sugar. Probably not the best choice for a child's snack. That being said, if your child is at an otherwise healthy weight, I don't think there's anything wrong with the occasional whole wheat toast with Nutella :) ...Read more

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Are there allergens in chocolate?

Are there allergens in chocolate?

Milk and nuts: Patients can become allergic to chocolate. Also, besides peanut, milk and tree nuts are often added to chocolate candies. ...Read more

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Is chocolate good for you?

Is chocolate good for you?

Depends: Only dark chocolate and it depends on the percentage of cacao. The higher the better, but stay at least above 70%. Also, try to avoid chocolates with more than 3-4 grams of added sugar per serving of at least one-third of the bar. Also try to avoid too much saturated fat as well as any added chemicals. Chocolate can lower LDL cholesterol. ...Read more

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Dark chocolate is it healthier?

Dark chocolate is it healthier?

Cacao: Dark chocolate has higher % of cacao , the bean from which chocolate is made. It's less sweet, doesn't have the milk of milk choc which has more fat and sugar, in general. Cacao has theobromine and phenylethylamine /pea which have CNS enhancing or stimulant effects, theobromine is like caffeine. Pea ("love chemical") probably gets deactivated in the gut. Cacao has antioxidants , too. ...Read more

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Is chocolate actually good for you?

Is chocolate actually good for you?

No: Studies are constantly done to find beneficial effects of different foods. There are some substances in chocolate that may be beneficial, but you must keep it to small amounts, because if you eat a lot the obesity far out weighs any possible or imagined benefit. Usually these studies are done with dark chocolate and not milk chocolate. ...Read more

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Why womens are addicted to chocolate?

Why womens are addicted to chocolate?

Not addictive: Chocolate is a delightful treat and many crave it for the sake of the taste and smell satisfaction. It is not addictive in the medical sense. And men as well as women enjoy this savory treat to the taste buds. The craving is fairly universal which is why chocolate is present in so many forms and products. ...Read more

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What are benefits of dark chocolate?

What are benefits of  dark chocolate?

New health claim: Some think chocolate can improve blood circulation. It contains flavanols which might help reduce risk for heart disease and improve blood pressure. A big chocolate manufacturer, barry callebaut, recently presented data on those positive benefits and got support from the european food safety authority http://online.Wsj.Com/article/sb10001424052702304388004577532811491380258.Html moderation is key! ...Read more

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Is ther such is there as bad chocolate?

Is ther such is there as bad chocolate?

Bad chocolate or : Bitter chocolate? Chocolate is made with cocoa which is rich in flavanols. Flavanols are antioxidants which help to decrease blood pressure & maintain vascular health. Dark chocolate contains the most flavanols of the different chocolates. Chocolate should be 65% or higher cocoa and be limited to 85 grams per day. ...Read more

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