Chocolate Poisoning - Facts about Theobromine Poisoning

One of the most dangerous side effects excessive chocolate intake is influence of alkaloid theobromine to our bodies. This primary alkaloid of cocoa bean (taking up to 4% of its weight) can have various effects on human body, eventually even leading to the death.

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Even though the amount of theobromine found in chocolate is not that high and its potency is smaller than with its very similar caffeine, which has significant impact on our nervous system, excessive eating of chocolate can drastically elevate its levels in our metabolism causing serious problems, especially with the elderly. What is different between theobromine and coffee is one key point – theobromine stimulates heart more, causing it to work faster and dilates blood vessels causing reduced blood pressure. This alkaloid also puts slight pressure to our nervous system that is possibly creating our addiction to the chocolate eating, and is a very probable cause that made chocolate popular as aphrodisiac.

Here are all the possible symptoms of chocolate poisoning that theobromine can cause:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Increased urination
  • Vomiting
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Epileptic seizures
  • Internal bleeding
  • Heart attacks
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  • Death

First recorded death from chocolate poisoning was recorded in 17th century Mexico.

Note : All figures are approximate, this article does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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