I Believe Chocolate Should Be Part of the Food Pyramid

Industrial Engineering
3rd year
Atlanta, Georgia
Caitlin Hogan

I was in kindergarten science class when I received some devastating news. As soon as I got home that day, I consulted my mom who also confirmed the news: chocolate is not part of the food pyramid. It would be an understatement to say I was upset (and still am to this day). My world crashed all around me. I was sure it was a mistake! I immediately called my Ama, or grandma, who commiserated with me. (It’s a joke in my family that I’ve inherited my chocoholic-ism from her.) All of my other favorite foods, with the exception of ketchup, can be found on the food pyramid, but why not chocolate? How could one of the most important foods not be included in the pyramid that governs our eating habits?

I understand that fruits and vegetables are important, but how can oils and grains be included, and considered more significant, than chocolate? Not only is it delicious, but it also has magical powers and is even thought to be good for one’s health. Chocolate can mend a broken heart, turn a bad day around, give hope, and even bring happiness to people.

Between all the cookies, cake, brownies, ice cream, candy, and even milk, everyone can find some variety of chocolate they like. One simple, little Hershey’s kiss is all it takes. Chocolate can mean various things. It can be a “sorry,” an “I love you,” an “it will be okay,” or even an “I’m here for you.” Like a picture, a piece of chocolate is worth at least a thousand words. Chocolate is a universal constant across men and women of all ages, ethnicities, and cultures. It is even synonymous with holidays. For example, there are heart shaped candies and chocolate covered strawberries for Valentine’s Day, chocolate eggs and bunnies for Easter, pounds of chocolate at Halloween, and of course chocolate birthday cakes. Chocolate is for everyone and every situation. It amazes me that something as small as a cocoa bean can have such a profound influence on our lives.

I recommend everyone eat at least one piece of chocolate every day. While this may seem small, and even insignificant, chocolate represents one of the simple wonders of the world. It encourages people to slow down and appreciate life, to take a moment and hit the pause button on their busy lives. Is there anything more enjoyable than the chance to eat, or drink, chocolate slowly while letting it melt in one’s mouth? Chocolate allows people to indulge and focus on themselves for a minute before returning to reality. Chocolate should be part of the food pyramid. This I believe!