Know the symptoms and what to do in chocolate poisoning

Know the symptoms and what to do in chocolate poisoning
Know the symptoms and what to do in chocolate poisoning

Know the symptoms and what to do in chocolate poisoning

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Know the symptoms and what to do in chocolate poisoning

Easter is a special date and expected by many people. Not only for its strong symbolism – the resurrection of Jesus Christ that occurred on the third day after his crucifixion on Calvary. But also because this is a period in which people usually give, win and therefore eat a lot of chocolate. The problem is that excessive consumption can cause, in addition to skin problems, other ills, such as chocolate intoxication.

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But don’t despair: just know a little about chocolate poisoning. Here you will know what steps to take and how to avoid eating more of this wonder than your body can handle.

But what exactly is chocolate poisoning?

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It takes self-control not to overdo it with this delight. (Image: yacobchuk / iStock)

Chocolate poisoning is nothing more than food poisoning caused by over-eating this treat. And this intoxication happens due to the excess of fats and sugars that are ingested with chocolate.

This is because the most popular chocolates, such as milk and white chocolates, have a very low amount of cocoa. In contrast, the amounts of sugar, cocoa butter and fat that make them up are quite high.

Therefore, the chances of intoxication due to the excessive consumption of chocolate are great.

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What are the symptoms of this type of poisoning?

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Stomach pain and colic are two common symptoms in chocolate poisoning. (Image: LightFieldStudios / iStock)

When you eat a lot of chocolate, the liver and intestine are overloaded, causing various symptoms. Are they:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach ache
  • Colic
  • Vomiting
  • Reflux
  • Headache
  • Discomfort

How to prevent poisoning?

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Chocolate is healthy when it is bitter and consumed in moderation. (Image: HbrH / iStock)

The best way to prevent chocolate intoxication is the most obvious: avoid overusing this treat. Even because the recommended daily consumption of chocolate is only 30 grams.

Another thing you can do is to give preference to bitter chocolates and those with 70% (or more) cocoa. After all, in addition to being healthier, they have a greater amount of antioxidants from cocoa, in addition to good fat, which is good for health.

If you have already left the tracks, it is worth investing in a healthy and balanced diet. So, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and avoid red meat and alcohol consumption for a few days.

And of course, drink plenty of water, as staying hydrated is extremely important for our quality of life.

And keep in mind that the best way to have a correct diagnosis of your symptoms – and to make an effective and safe treatment – is to seek the guidance of a trained doctor or health professional.

Enjoy your chocolates in moderation!

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