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 http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/r?dbs+hsdb:@term+@DOCNO+7332