Proverbs 27:7 – When you are full, you even hate honey. When you are hungry, even what is bitter tastes sweet.
Dark chocolate is said to be good for your heart. All you need is one piece of dark chocolate a day.
Remember that one bite of chocolate, the other day I had one piece of chocolate and it was all my body needed to go into a bad reflux cycle. Reflux is when the acid in your stomach makes its way into your esophagus. With that, no more chocolate for me until the cycle stops.
I know that for me chocolate is my enemy, but it’s also my friend. It’s all about balancing how much of the chocolate I eat.
For some time, I could eat all the chocolate I wanted, but them bam! I got hit by a two-by-four.
Chocolate also can lift your spirits. Somehow when you’re depressed a piece of chocolate helps you feel better. Well, for a little while at least, until you step on your scale. Because chocolate may lift your spirits, but it can also contribute to gaining weight.
According to medicalnewstoday.com, in their article, “Health Benefits and Risks of Chocolate,” there are several benefits from eating chocolate. A few of them are chocolate contains high levels of antioxidants, chocolate may lower cholesterol, and chocolate may prevent cognitive decline. The downside of chocolate is that it contains high amounts of calories, has a possible high risk of migraines, can lower bone density, and contains high levels of heavy metals.
Whether you choose to eat chocolate in moderation or in large amounts, it’s a good idea to weigh the benefits vs the negative effects on your health.
And, as the Bible verse above says you can hate honey if you are full, but when you’re hungry even bitter foods can taste sweet. Perhaps the best bet is if you don’t have too many ill effects of sweet foods and can control yourself with a large consumption of sweet foods then go ahead and eat chocolate but in small quantities.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.