Are you a chocoholic, someone who can't resist the temptation of chocolate? Do you often find yourself reaching for that candy bar or diving into a box of chocolates without thinking twice? Well, beware my friend, because there is such a thing as having too much chocolate.
In this article, we'll dive into what happens when chocoholics overindulge on their favorite treat. From physical symptoms to mental effects, we'll cover it all. So grab yourself a glass of milk and some tissues because things are about to get messy.
The Physical Effects
Let's start with the most obvious effects of consuming too much chocolate - the physical ones.
1. Weight Gain
Congratulations! You've just earned yourself an extra pound...or two (depending on how many bars you ate). Chocolate is high in calories and sugar which means indulging too often can cause weight gain. And let's face it - nobody wants to be known as "the person who gained twenty pounds from eating too much chocolate."
2. Acne Breakouts
Have you noticed little red bumps popping up all over your face lately? That might be due to your excessive intake of cocoa-based products like chocolate bars or hot cocoa mix! Surprise, surprise! When consumed in excess quantities (which could vary depending upon individuals' body types), these foods increase oil production within our skin cells resulting in those pesky pimples sticking around longer than they ought to!
If heart rate accelerations and increased alertness after late-night cups of coffee aren’t enough reason for avoiding caffeine before bedtime — similar stimulating effects escape from dark-colored chocolates containing even more caffeine compounds per gram than do coffee beans -- especially sensitive people may have difficulty falling asleep at night even if they're tired since high amounts of caffeine lock our brains in a state of heightened anticipation, making it difficult to relax and fall asleep.
Have you ever experienced that sharp pain shooting up from your stomach every time you overeat chocolate? Yep, that's what we call heartburn (irritated esophagus). Chocolate contains compounds like theobromine and caffeine which can cause irritation to the lining of the digestive system causing reflux. The higher-fat content found in many chocolates also slows down digestion, exacerbating acid reflux symptoms by increasing pressure on top of one's gut wall.
The Mental Effects
Now let's move on to how too much chocolate can affect us mentally.
Did you know that consuming excessive amounts of chocolate can actually increase anxiety levels? Some people who are sensitive to caffeine may experience jitteriness or nervousness after indulging excessively into their chocolate cravings given high concentrations thereof right within this sweet treat; still most possible scenarios lie in fructose-induced hypersensitivity catalyzed through darkness or volume mismanagement so once again: don't be greedy!
While some might turn to snacking as a coping mechanism during tough times -- more specifically those obsessed with cocoa-rich products-- indulging isn't always beneficial for our moods particularly because there would come an upper limit beyond which extra calories do nothing other than add weight ---- yes, depression! In fact repeated chronic cravings oftentimes develop a vicious cycle between restrictive diets with relatively heavy relapses associated afterwards triggering swings back towards heavier mental anguish routes later on – rather than becoming lost along somewhere in-between maintenance mode loops easy access normally involves predominantly short-term gains without strategic practicality long term getting bleak quickly...
Are chocoholics doomed for life then? Not necessarily - here are some good options -
1) Dark Chocolates: Opting for chocolates containing high percentages (70% or above) of cocoa solids can help control calorie intake while still fulfilling the chocolate craving.
2) Alternative Snacks: It's said that people who are in sub-optimal health status-wise and deprived for long often consume more calories from snacking items — particularly, with high glycemic index. That being said, if your sweet tooth is aching then go ahead and celebrate by tidbitting on some fruits: fresh strawberries dipped in chocolate sauce taste divine; plus other combinations involving apples or bananas also work just as fine.
3) Herbal Teas and Spices: For those feeling down to their bones, what better than a warm cup of herbal tea (some may say hot cocoa), especially spruced up using cinnamon sticks or nutmeg maybe? With reducing anxiety akin benefits through bioactive compounds like catechins & L-Theanine - this sweet brew makes sure you enjoy your well-deserved downtime when under stress!
In conclusion, chocoholics beware! Too much consumption can have adverse health effects ranging from physical symptoms to mental ones. But don't worry- there are always alternatives out there such natural remedies like fresh fruit with dips into melted chocolate OR some healthy substitutions including dark chocolate bars where percentages range anywhere between 60% - 90%. And let's not forget -- an occasional luxury item consumed consciously isn't all too bad either...