Dark chocolate bars, or in any other shape, should be consumed in moderation in order to maximize the benefits. When I say dark chocolate bars, I refer to 70% dark chocolate with no added sugar, no dairy, no preservatives or anything artificial. When I say dark chocolate, I am referring to a product that could not be labeled as candy.

However, when it comes to food, some people have issues with self control, so occasionally I got asked if one could die from eating too much dark chocolate. For whatever reason some people see dark chocolate as something serious. Funny enough, I can not remember being ever asked whether milk or white chocolate could kill.

As a professional chocolate maker, I spend lot of time studying the chocolate and all it’s benefits, side effects, if it can go bad, if it could somehow harm the consumer, etc . In my opinion, I do not think that anyone could squeeze the amount of chocolate that would kill them in their stomach. Hypothetical chocolate history studies say that the potentially fatal quantity of dark chocolate would be around 25 pounds. Somehow, someone calculated the amount of sugar, the amount of fat, calories, and put it all together, and came up with the number: around 25 pounds is the killer number. But also the studies showed that even if someone could shove 25 pounds of chocolate down their throat, it would also have to be consumed in relatively short period of time. So 25 pounds of dark chocolate alone would not kill you. You have to eat it quickly.

Having said that, it is probably impossible for someone to be able to chocolate themselves to death. Unlike most of the other foods that could be overeaten, like meat, rice, potatoes, ice cream or even sweets, chocolate gives a feeling of fullness almost instantly. Thus most likely if you try to eat too much of it, it would force you to vomit. or quickly escape through the other exit.

I am sure that everyone heard that if you drank too much water you could die, so you have better chance of dying by over drinking the water then dying from the chocolate over consumption. To conclude, I never, ever heard of anyone dying from eating chocolate.

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Wendy Dawn is an artisanal chocolate maker and creator of Truffolie chocolates (truffolie.com). Wendy studied at the French Culinary Institute and L’Ecole Vahlrona in New York.