Can I eat chocolate if I have arthritis?

Medically Reviewed by Checkmark Medically Reviewed By: Sheela Krishnaswamy

Yes, you can eat chocolate but in moderation. Cocoa-rich food can reduce inflammation induced by arthritis. Some published research papers suggest that cocoa contains phenolic compounds which are known to ‘reduce early morning stiffness, morning pain, and after activity pain’ and decrease inflammation. A research paper also suggests that cocoa also exerts anti-inflammatory activity by moderating the white blood cells – monocytes and neutrophils.

However, we also know that chocolate comes in different variants of white, milk and dark, distinguished by their cocoa and sugar content. White chocolate has no cocoa but high sugar and milk chocolate has less cocoa but high sugar. It is only dark chocolate that has high cocoa content and no sugar. We need more evidence to understand the mechanism in detail to understand whether dark chocolate reduces arthritis.

Besides this, bad-quality chocolate can cause more harm than good. Even a bad quality dark chocolate won’t do good as it can be high in fats that can induce other health conditions.

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