Sunday, October 26, 2008

Eating chocolate every day is bad to the bone

Chocolate is bad for you! It will make your teeth rot!

Chocolate is good for you! It has natural compounds that benefit the heart and the brain!

With all the back and forth, it's about time for chocolate to be bad for us again. According to a new study out of the University of Western Australia, women who eat chocolate every day end up with lower bone density in the hips, neck, tibia, and heel, making them more prone to fracture.

Chocolate seems to affect the body's ability to hold onto calcium. Chocolate contains oxalate, a poisonous acid, which can reduce the calcium absorption; it also contains sugar, which has been linked to calcium excretion.

Maybe this means we should stop eating that nasty extra dark "healthy" chocolate and go back to "milk" chocolate. Milk has calcium, right?

Or maybe we shouldn't eat chocolate every day.

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