Are Chocolate-Flavored Vapes the Most Dangerous?

A study found chocolate vape flavoring delivers a brew of toxins that can kill off lung cells and reduce the ability of your immune system to remove bacteria and regulate inflammation

Are Chocolate-Flavored Vapes the Most Dangerous?

Americans eat 2.8 billion pounds of chocolate a year, enticed by catchy slogans like, "Do you dream in chocolate?" And folks are encouraged to indulge by the numerous scientific reports that chocolate is good for you — well, at least 70% dark chocolate, in 1-ounce-a-day doses. But some worry that makes folks who vape think chocolate-flavored E-cigs are healthy too. They're far from it.

A new study found that of all the lung-polluting elixirs added to electronic cigarettes, chocolate flavor (which includes a high dose of what the researchers say is benzene-ring flavorings) is the most harmful. It delivers a brew of toxins that can kill off lung cells and reduce the ability of your immune system to remove bacteria and regulate inflammation, according to the study published in the American Journal of Physiology — Lung, Cellular and Molecular Physiology. Banana-, cherry- and cinnamon-flavored vapes aren't much better for you.

Our advice: Whether you're a vape-only or a vape-to-quit-cigarettes smoker, your healthful choice is to not smoke anything. Take this advice from Dr. Oz, who says it's not worth the risk.

Oh yeah! Speaking of chocolate: 3 ounces of milk chocolate delivers 518 calories, 24 mg of cholesterol, 82 mg of sodium and 54 g of sugars. Three ounces of dark chocolate has 6 mg cholesterol, 19 mg sodium and around 39 mg of sugar. That's better, but it still can have around 470 calories! So while dark chocolate—with its anti-inflammatory powers—is a smart choice for a sweet treat, you want to eat it slowly and savor a one-ounce portion. Don't inhale it!

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