I think it’s safe to say that no matter who you are, you probably love chocolate. Whether you prefer dark chocolate, milk chocolate, candy bars with additional ingredients, or plain chocolate, there’s something for everyone. Chocolate is the perfect sweet tooth satisfier and perfect for any occasion.
While you should eat chocolate in moderation due to the sugar content, there’s nothing wrong with indulging once in a while.
If you’re sticking to a low nickel diet for whatever reason but are concerned about your favorite treat, let’s find out if chocolate is high in nickel or not.
Is Chocolate High In Nickel?
Depending on what type of chocolate you prefer, milk or dark, chocolate is either high in nickel or has a medium nickel content. Milk chocolate, which is the most popular, has a medium nickel content ranging from 0.1 mg to 0.5 mg. For dark chocolate lovers, this type is high in nickel, with more than 0.5 mg.
Technically speaking, both these items have a high nickel content compared to the recommended daily intake. Still, how health professionals classify high nickel content, only dark chocolate is high in nickel.
What About Cocoa Powder?
Cocoa powder is a popular ingredient used in several desserts. So, what about cocoa powder? Does this ingredient have a high or medium nickel content too? Cocoa powder has at least or more than 0.5 mg of nickel, meaning it falls under the category of high nickel content.
What About White Chocolate?
If you’re a white chocolate lover, you’re probably wondering why it’s not mentioned earlier. Well, white chocolate is not technically chocolate, even though it’s in the name. White chocolate is created with cocoa butter, milk, vanilla, sugar, and lecithin.
There’s no cocoa powder in white chocolate, which means this product tends to have a lower nickel content than milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and cocoa powder.
Can I Eat Chocolate With a Nickel Allergy?
It depends on your body, how much chocolate you’re eating, and what kind. Based solely on the nickel content, eating milk chocolate may be better for you than dark chocolate if you have a nickel allergy. Just because one may be better for you than the other doesn’t mean you should still eat it.
The fat content in the cocoa powder, which is in both dark and milk chocolate, may increase your likelihood of having a reaction to the nickel in this product. If you’re against cutting chocolate from your diet completely, the best way to eat chocolate with a nickel allergy is to look for low-fat options and eat it in moderation.
Even though white chocolate isn’t technically chocolate, since many people love it, I’ll address if you can eat it with a nickel allergy. Many health professionals think that eating white chocolate shouldn’t cause much of a reaction in those with a nickel allergy.
Since white chocolate doesn’t contain any cocoa powder and is instead made with cocoa butter, it’s lower in nickel and maybe safer.
How Many People Suffer From a Nickel Allergy?
It’s hard to know the exact number or percentage of people in the world with a nickel allergy. It’s estimated that 14.5% of people in Europe have a nickel allergy, while more than 18% of the population in North America have a nickel allergy. In fact, there are over 11 million children in the United States alone with this metal allergy.
Scientists have observed one common trend in people with nickel allergies: this specific metal allergy affects females much more than males.
Where Did Chocolate Originate?
Historians can date modern-day chocolate back 4,000 years to Mesoamerica. Mesoamerica is what we know today as Mexico. One of the oldest civilizations in Latin America, the Olmec, was the first to turn the cocoa plant into chocolate. They would use this chocolate for medicinal purposes and during rituals.
Other ancient Latin American civilizations began using the cocoa plant to make chocolate and used it for various reasons. The Mayans believed chocolate to be the drink of the Gods and would drink it to feel closer and to honor the Gods.
During the 15th century, the Aztecs used chocolate as a form of currency. They, too, believed that chocolate was a gift from God like the Mayans and would drink it to honor the Gods and prepare for war or battle.
What Countries Produce the Most Chocolate?
Four countries are leading the world in chocolate production. The four countries in no particular order are the United States, Switzerland, Belgium, and Germany.
Switzerland began producing chocolate in the 17th century and is deeply rooted in Swiss culture. If you ever get a chance to visit Switzerland, you may need to indulge in several different chocolates to experience some world-class chocolate.
The United States accounts for about 30% of the world’s chocolate production. Hershey is by far the leading chocolate producer in the country. Belgium is one of the few chocolate-producing countries that still largely make most of their chocolate by hand.
While these four countries produce the most chocolate globally, they’re not the leading producer of cocoa powder. The two main countries that these countries import their cocoa from are in Western Africa. The Ivory Coast and Ghana are the world’s leading producers of cocoa. Without cocoa, chocolate would not exist.
Fun Facts About Chocolate
Want to impress your friends with your knowledge of chocolate? Or maybe you just love chocolate; here are some quick and fun facts about this sweet treat.
- It takes almost 400 pounds of cocoa beans to make one pound of chocolate.
- There are 1.5 million cocoa farms in West Africa.
- Benjamin Franklin sold chocolate at his shop in Philadelphia.
- The Ivory Coast provides the world with 40% of its cocoa.
- Once planted, a cacao tree can take anywhere from four to five years to produce beans.
- Each cacao tree will produce an average of 2,500 beans per crop yield.
- Europe accounts for more than 50% of the world’s chocolate consumption.
- Soldiers in the Revolutionary War in the United States were often paid in chocolate.
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