How chocolate affects Psoriasis, and why is it not recommended?
Studies show that Dark Chocolate is a Powerful Source of Antioxidants and has so many health benefits. However, Chocolate has also been reported to trigger Psoriasis Flares by many psoriasis warriors.
Also, it’s worth mentioning that Chocolate is listed as “food to avoid” in the “Healing Psoriasis: The Natural Alternative” book of Dr John Pagano. Also known as Pagano’s Diet, it is rated by many people as an effective diet in healing psoriasis.
What Are the Ingredients in Chocolate?
There is no enough scientific evidence to support the theory of Chocolate being a trigger. However, the reason could be the Caffeine content that naturally occurs in cocoa beans and the added ingredients;
- Dark chocolate: sugar, cocoa liquor, cocoa butter, and (sometimes) vanilla
- Milk chocolate: sugar, cocoa liquor, cocoa butter, milk or milk powder, and vanilla
- White chocolate: sugar, cocoa butter, milk or milk powder, and vanilla
Also, chocolates may contain an emulsifying agent, such as soy lecithin, to achieve a smooth texture.
Sugar has been known to affect psoriasis negatively, and milk chocolate and white chocolate contain milk or condensed milk, which is also known to trigger psoriasis flareups.
So ingredients to look out for are Sugar, Milk products and Soy lecithin (GMO-free varieties may not contain soy lecithin)
How Much Caffeine is in Chocolate?
- Dark chocolate > about 43 mg per 100 grams
- Milk chocolate > about 20 mg per 100 grams
- White chocolate > has 0 mg of caffeine
Should you avoid Chocolate for Psoriasis?
Everyone’s triggers are different. Since Chocolate has been reported as a trigger, it is worth observing your own reaction in order to understand whether it is a trigger for you or not. If yes, eliminating chocolate for a period of healing could be a great way to clear-up your skin.
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