Chocolate Is Toxic To Humans Too : A Sobering Thought At Christmas

Ok, so this is NOT what you want to hear at this jolly time of the year, but NO, by no means do you have to stop eating chocolate based on this somewhat sweeping statement…however, the fact is that one of the key alkaloids found in chocolate is toxic in humans. Don’t despair though, the alkaloid Theobromine is not toxic in small amounts, in fact you’d have to consume up to 22lbs of chocolate to ingest enough Theobromine to induce toxicity!

The problem is that Threobromine is also found in tea, cola, acai berries and a few other foods, so should you somehow manage to consume masses of Threobromine, then you could suffer something known as ‘chocolate poisoning’…but to be fair, I can think of worse ways to go!


Theobromine, (1991). Human Health Effects. Retrieved, 16th December, 2013, from

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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