Does chocolate affect psoriasis?
Chocolate is one of the most popular commodities in the world, and it is used in many recipes, especially desserts. Chocolate and other products are derived from cocoa seed, which mainly grow in tropical regions. Chocolate in its initial form is not sweet, and is actually quite bitter. The chocolate used in candy bars and other confections, is usually a blend of sweeteners and milk to make it more palatable. However, all these additives to the cocoa reduce chocolate’s overall health benefits. Some of the reported health benefits of cocoa are anti-ageing properties due to its antioxidant content and improvement of mood and memory due to its amino acid content. Dark chocolate contains a higher amount of cocoa powder, and therefore has more benefits, as compared to milk or white chocolate. Chocolate candy with high amounts of sugar, oil, and fat contribute to weight gain and increase in inflammatory responses in the body.
A person with psoriasis may find some benefit in incorporating dark chocolate into their diet, but should avoid consumption of too many chocolate candies. The benefits of chocolate can help improve the symptoms of psoriasis, but cannot cure psoriasis itself. Sweet chocolate may worsen the symptoms of psoriasis by promoting inflammation and weight gain.