Chocolate: The Myths vs. The Facts

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There is a lot of talk out there about the benefits and downsides of eating chocolate.  Not only do we want to create outstanding chocolate that you enjoy, but we want to help educate you about it too! Test your knowledge with these myths and facts.

Myth: Chocolate Causes Acne

Moms and dads everywhere are busted! Acne is caused by a combination of high bacterial levels and oil on the skin, not your diet in the opinion of many dermatologists.

Myth: Chocolate is High in Caffeine

Though you may feel like chocolate is giving you a boost when while eating it, it actually does not contain a large amount of caffeine.  To compare, a cup of decaffeinated coffee contains the same amount of caffeine as a 1.4 oz chocolate bar or an 8 oz cup of chocolate milk.

Myth: Cavities are caused by Chocolate

It take more than candy to cause cavities.  Cavities are formed by bacteria in the mouth metabolizing sugar and starch from any type of food to produce acid.  The acid that is produced eats through the tooth enamel which creates a cavity.

Myth: Chocolate is bad for your Cholesterol due to the large amount of Saturated Fats

Chocolate contains stearic acid, which is the main saturate fact found in milk chocolate.   Research shows that is does not raise cholesterol the same way as other types of saturated fats.  The darker the chocolate, the more beneficial chocolate is at lowering at lowering your cholesterol levels, this seems to be from the high level of antioxidants.

Myth: Chocolate gives you Headaches

The University of Pittsburgh conducted a survey on the correlation of chocolate and headaches, and found that were was no link.  Chronic headaches were once thought be caused by amines in various foods, but this study eliminated chocolate as a cause of headaches.

Myth: Eating Chocolate Leads to Weight Gain

Everything in moderation, including chocolate!  In order to follow a healthy diet, you would want to trade another high calorie food for the option of consuming chocolate.  However, if you are eating the occasional piece of chocolate this can help to prevent binges caused by deprivation of your favorite food.

Myth: There is No Nutritional Value in Chocolate

Chocolate can provide a variety of minerals and antioxidants to your diet, including: magnesium, copper, iron and zinc.  The average chocolate bar contains nearly the same amount of antioxidants as a 5 oz glass of red wine.  Dark chocolate contains more antioxidants that milk chocolate.  There are also health benefits attributed to the flavonoids found in dark chocolate.

Though chocolate candies are not as bad as their reputation leads them to sound, it is still best to practice moderation when it comes to eating them.  Stop by today for your daily dose from Sinful Sweets!