Myths And Facts About Chocolate

Very often when you want to get some chocolate or maybe a cookie, you are in dilemma, right? This temptation has its price.  As they say chocolate is bad for health, full of caffeine and saturated fats? Fortunately – there are always so-recent studies that have shown with interesting facts about chocolate that can still be part of our diet. Here are some facts about chocolate that you didn’t knew.

Fun Facts About Chocolate

  • Myth:

Chocolate contains caffeine.

  • Fact:

Although chocolate gives you energy, it actually has a high% of caffeine. In fact, 50gr. Chocolate or 250 ml  chocolate milk contains 6 mg of caffeine, which is the same amount as 1 cup of coffee without caffeine (“normal” coffee in 1 cup, contains 65-135 mg of caffeine).

 

  • Myth:

Chocolate is full with saturated fat and affects to bad cholesterol levels.

  • Fact:

Stearic acid the main ingredient in milk chocolate is unique. Studies have shown that the chocolate does not raise cholesterol more than other foods with saturated fat. In fact, if you eat 50 gr. Chocolate instead of integral dessert of wheat, you will have positive influence on the “good” cholesterol.

 

  • Myth:

Chocolate hasn’t nutritional value.

  • Fact:

Chocolate is a good source of magnesium, copper, iron and zinc. Contains polyphenols (antioxidants that can be found in tea and red wine) which slightly affect the possibility of heart disease. Plain chocolate has as much antioxidants as 150ml red wine. Under the joint research at Boston University and Tufts University L’Aquila in Italy, daily meal of dark chocolate contains more antioxidants than milk and helps on lowering blood pressure and improves insulin resistance.

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  • Myth:

Chocolate causes cavities.

  • Fact:

By themselves, cookies do not cause cavities. Cavities form when bacteria in the mouth metabolize sugar from food (candy, soft drinks, bread, rice, pasta), which creates acid. The acid causes cavities. However, calcium and phosphate which are found in chocolate may protect tooth enamel. In fact, occurred naturally fat means chocolate cleans the mouth faster than other sweets,lowering the time remaining sugar on teeth. Regular use of fluoride and regular dental hygiene removes carbohydrate residues.

 

  • Myth:

Chocolate causes headache.

  • Fact:

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh proved that there is no direct link between chocolate consumption and headaches. It is thought that chronic headaches may be caused by food amines (histamine and beta-phenylethylamine), which has the cedar cheese, peanuts, chocolate and alcohol, but this study chocolate is rejected as a possible cause of headache.

 

  • Myth:

Chocolate causes acne.

  • Fact:

No matter what your parents say, studies of the past 20 years have eliminated chocolate as a possible cause of acne. Many dermatologists believe that diet plays a significant role in the occurrence of acne. Now it is believed that acne occur with a combination of high levels of bacteria and oil on the skin.

 

  • Myth:

Chocolate makes you fat.

  • Fact:
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The average piece of chocolate contains 220 calories, which is really little to cause obesity. The bad reputation of chocolate is slowly-changing  with the recent studies that have shown that chocolate can be part of a healthy diet, of course if consumed moderately, as it applies to everything else.

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