Chocolate is a popular and lovable treat among children as well as adults. But some people have allergy or sensitivity to chocolate or an ingredient in chocolate-based food. Are you one of those who have a problem with chocolate? Observing the symptoms can give you an idea if you have a chocolate allergy or not.
Chocolate allergies and chocolate sensitivities are two different things. People who are allergic to chocolate and eat it, their immune system release chemicals into the bloodstream. These chemicals affect their:
- digestive system
If you have a chocolate allergy, you may have some of these symptoms after eating it or coming into direct contact with it, for example:
- stomach cramps
- shortness of breath
- swelling of the lips, throat or tongue
These symptoms are part of a severe allergic reaction. If you don’t treat them right away these conditions can prove to be very dangerous. Such allergies are diagnosed by high levels of immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies.
Intolerance or sensitivity to chocolate is different from an allergy in that it doesn’t involve IgE antibodies. However, it may still involve other parts of the immune system. And mostly it is not very harmful.
Eating small amounts of chocolate may not cause any problem if you have a sensitivity to the cocoa itself. But in large amounts, chocolate can trigger a reaction in your body.
If you are sensitive to chocolate, you may observe symptoms like:
- headaches or migraines
- upset stomach
- skin rash
The caffeine in chocolate has its own set of symptoms, such as:
- uneven heartbeat
- trouble sleeping
- high blood pressure
Chocolate allergies happen rarely. So, if eating chocolate triggers a reaction, you may be reacting to something else.
Talking to your doctor about your symptoms can help to get a better insight into your condition. To book an appointment with Cure RX, fill in the online form.