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Chocolate Consumption in Children and Adults

Safila Naveed,Asra Hameed,Neelam Sharif,Sadaf Ghafoor, Fatima Qamar

Chocolate is a unique flavored food used in our society. Chocolate is also known as ‘food of Gods’. It is prepared from the seeds of a plant Theobroma cacao. It contains many active ingredients. The most important ingredient of chocolate is caffeine, a Central Nervous System (CNS) stimulant. Caffeine also has a potency to make its user addicted to it. The chocolates are widely used in many recipes and drinks as well as gifts. Chocolate is also aphrodisiac in nature. Our survey aims to find out its consumption and addiction is children and professional and non-professional adults. The data was collected from different private and public places, schools, parks and malls of Karachi, Pakistan in the month of September to December, 2014. According to our survey on consumption of chocolates in children, we find that only 7.5% children do not take chocolate and chocolate containing foods, While other 92.5% children takes chocolate and chocolate containing food daily. In professional adults, 90% takes chocolates on daily or weekly bases while other 10% do not take it. In non-professional adults, all the samples eat chocolates and chocolate containing food on weekly or daily basis.