It’s quite a no brainer that chocolate can trigger migraine and dizziness.
Everyone knows this delectable delight contains caffeine, the stuff that aggravates vertigo symptoms. You can read about caffeine in ‘Should You Drink Coffee If You Want to Get Rid of Vertigo?’
You’re probably wondering what’s the point in continuing to read this article.
You can stay put, though. From information online, not all chocolates are created equal.
What’s in Chocolate?
Let’s break things down a bit with a brief lecture on chocolate composition…
Chocolate generally consists of milk, sugar, cocoa liquor, and vanilla.
Cocoa liquor is made from ground cocoa nibs plus cocoa butter. It’s a semi-solid lump that turns into “liquid” when heated (hence, liquor). It has no alcohol whatsoever, just pure semantic.
Other ingredients are added to make the taste sweeter, creamier or milder.
There are mainly 3 types of chocolate: dark, milk and white. A bigger chunk of cocoa and it is labeled dark. More milk in the mix means it’s milk chocolate.
White chocolate, on the other hand, only contains cocoa butter, without the nibs.
White Chocolate and Vertigo
This is a cool thing to know because cocoa nibs contain all the caffeine in chocolate. Without the nibs, the chocolate has no vertigo trigger.
If you’ve been here for a while, you may have read about honey and its benefits for vertigo patients. You can read it here: Is Honey Good for Vertigo?
Sugar, like in honey, will probably help with your dizziness. And white chocolate contains a good deal of sugar.
Plus a good amount of calcium. Calcium is important because osteoporosis is linked to having vertigo. It won’t cause calcium rocks in your ear (but perhaps that’s for another topic).
But don’t let your chocolate cravings off the leash just yet.
Health Benefits of White Chocolate
No sugar-coating in here. In reality, there are little known health benefits of white chocolate.
Why, you might ask?
For a start, it’s high in added sugars. Now, sugar is not actually bad, per se. Let’s face it, we need carbs in our regular diet and sugar is the building block of carbohydrates.
Added sugar is a different story. They’re only used to improve taste, and it’s addictive.
It’s also high in fat. Butter is butter, and even more so, cocoa butter is high in saturated fats.
Saturated fats have a very bad rep in keeping bad cholesterol at bay; they even increase it. Most recommend mono or even polyunsaturated fat.
It’s not all bad, though.
Recent research suggests that saturated fats convert bad cholesterol into benign ones. It is even noted that they also help increase good cholesterol in the bloodstream.
And added sugars can have health benefits, as long as the source is organic, and is used moderately.
Chocolate is termed the food of the gods, we tasted this reality and would mostly agree. Its health benefits vary, depending on the type.
But it is discouraged when you have vertigo because of its caffeine content. White chocolate has none of it, so you can munch on a white bar if you miss that chocolatey taste.
It’s not a cure on how to get rid of vertigo. But who doesn’t like a little chocolate from time to time, especially when you’re banned to eat it?
New to vertigo? Might want to check these out:
- How to Get Rid of Vertigo: The Ultimate Guide
- How to Know Which One Is Your Illness: Vertigo or Dizziness?
- How to Beat Vertigo with Powerful, Science-Backed Facts