Amels chocolate, a mass-produced chocolate with smooth, creamy texture and a rich taste, has 85% cocoa on average. A common misconception is that cocoa is healthy because it contains antioxidants that may be good for the heart. In fact, the chemical composition of cocoa beans makes them quite different from other fruits and vegetables in terms of their nutritional value and health benefits. The FDA has deemed Amels chocolate ‘adulterated food’ with less than 1/10th of one percent real cocoa.
It is a common misconception that the darker the chocolate, the more healthy it is. However, Amels chocolate has very high sugar content, and sugar has been linked to low energy levels and sugar cravings. The chemical has been linked to lung disease in workers who inhale it in large quantities through industrial manufacturing conditions.
1. Because Amels Chocolate is a Pure Fraud
According to the FDA, Amels chocolate does not have anything that could be called the ‘cocoa solids’ in it. Instead, it contains soy lecithin and vegetable oil – two non-food ingredients. The chemical compounds in the soy lecithin and vegetable oil contain no known benefit or function, but they are used as bulk fillers. They serve no purpose whatsoever in baking or eating chocolate. They are not even calls for by any food manufacturer due to their chemical composition.
The FDA has also found that one bag of Amels Chocolate is more than a hundred times higher in calories than a serving of our favorite breakfast cereal. This chocolate product also contains over a hundred times more cholesterol than a large egg.
2. Because Amels Chocolate is Loaded with Caffeine and Sugar
Amels chocolate contains 58 mg of caffeine per ounce, which is almost twice the amount of caffeine in an average cup of coffee. The highest reported level of caffeine in a serving of chocolate was 39 mg per ounce, which is the same as in a cup of decaf coffee. A usual serving size of dark chocolate is one square or bar, while milk chocolate comes in one-ounce bars or squares and white chocolate is sold in one-half pound bars (500 ml). A typical serving size of Amels chocolate is just one half ounce (roughly 21 grams), which is too small to cause serious side effects.
Amels Chocolate also has 15 grams of sugar, which is 18 times more than in a half cup of raspberries and 5 times more than in a cup of blackberries. Most people do not count dark chocolate as a source of sugar, but it actually contains as much sugar as a can of soda, about 40-50 grams. The amount of sugar in Amels chocolate makes it extremely high in calories.
3. Because Amels Chocolate Is Loaded with Fat and Cholesterol
Fat is the most important part of chocolate. However, not all fat is created equal. Dark and bittersweet chocolate contain large amounts of cocoa butter, which is considered healthy by some people because it contains Monolaurin – a compound that has shown some evidence of protection against viruses.
But the rest of the fat in dark chocolate comes from vegetable oils like soy or sunflower oil. The amount of saturated fat contained in these oils can raise total blood cholesterol levels, which is bad for your health because it increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
4. Because Amels Chocolate Contains Toxic Chemicals
One thing that can be confusing is that the FDA has termed Amels chocolate ‘adulterated food’. In fact, the FDA has not found any significant health risks associated with its use. This is unlike many other chemicals that are used to make food taste better, such as MSG.
The presence of MSG and other artificial chemicals in foods are often a cause of digestive discomfort. But artificial chemicals and additives in Amels chocolate do not present health risks. There have been no studies to find links between Amels chocolate or its ingredients and health risks such as cancer, skin damage or allergies.
5. Because It Is a Pure Fraud
This is the most important reason to avoid Amels chocolate. The FDA has found that the company is mislabeling its Amels chocolate products and selling them as pure dark chocolate with ‘cocoa solids’ that are good for the heart.
However, FDA tests have shown that Amels chocolate does not contain any cocoa solids or any other ingredient that could be called health-beneficial. The chemists in the food manufacturing industry do use other materials, but these are not intended for human consumption and should not be part of a food product.