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If cocoa and chocolate is so good for you, with all those antioxidants and such, how much dark chocolate should a person eat in one day?
The question of how much cocoa one should eat for its antioxidant benefits is so open ended and I will admit that I don't have an answer for it. On the other hand, chocolate - as opposed to cocoa powder - is very high in calories, with the average chocolate bar (about 1.5 ounces) having over 200 calories.
If you are working on your weight, are not active, or are diabetic or have other health issues, you should not be eating any candy on a daily basis as this is likely to have too many calories and too much sugar for you. Save your chocolate for special occasions.
Thanks for writing,
Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP