Myth Busted-Chocolate Is Not Bad For Health
There is hardly anyone I know who hates chocolates. They have been in our lives since childhood. Having your favourite bar of chocolate bring back cheerful childhood memories!!! The nutrition world has always been against chocolate consumption. There are spineless myths associated with chocolate consumption and in this post they have been busted!!
Myth 1: Chocolate has high caffeine content.
Reality: A 40 g bar of chocolate has just 6 mg of caffeine! You can’t call that high! Yes, chocolate does lift your mood up but that is not related to caffeine at all. By the way, a cup of coffee has 95 mg of caffeine, a way lot more than what a chocolate bar has!!
Myth 2: Chocolate has lots of saturated fat and is bad for your body’s cholesterol content.
Reality: The main saturated fat found in milk chocolate is stearic acid. It is unique in nature. As per studies done it has been found that stearic acid does not raise cholesterol levels of the body the way other types of saturated fats do. If you eat a 40 g bar instead of a high carb snack, your good cholesterol HDL will increase.
Myth 3: Chocolate does not have any nutritional value.
Reality: Chocolate is a rich source of copper, iron, zinc and magnesium. It contains polyphenols (an antioxidant) that decreases coronary disease risk. One average bar of chocolate has the same quantity of antioxidants as 150 ml glass of red wine has. Dark chocolate, which has more antioxidants than milk chocolate can help lower blood pressure and improve insulin resistance according to a study.
Myth 4: Chocolate is a leading cause of cavities.
Reality: Chocolate has always been defamed when it comes to cavities. Let me tell you how cavities are formed. When you eat foods like candy, sweets, juice, bread, rice or pasta, the bacteria in the mouth metabolize sugars and starches producing an acid that affects the enamel of the tooth causing cavities.
The phosphate, calcium and protein content of milk chocolate may protect the enamel of the teeth. Also, when compared to candy, chocolate clears the mouth faster giving less time to sugars to remain on the tooth surfaces.
Proper oral hygiene is essential to prevent cavities.
Myth 5: Chocolate can cause headaches.
Reality: A study has shown that there is no link between chocolate and headaches. That puts all rumours to rest 🙂
Myth 6: Chocolate is linked to acne.
Reality: Elderly people keep saying that chocolate causes acne but studies have clearly dismissed the link of chocolate with acne. It is actually caused by bacteria and oil present on the skin surface.
Myth 7: Chocolate causes weight gain.
Reality: When consumed in moderation, chocolate can be a part of your diet. On an average, a chocolate bar contains 220 calories. This means that you can have it if you eliminate high calorie foods from your diet. Occasionally having a bite of chocolate can prevent you from binge eating.
Chocolate that was shunned as junk food is now seeing the light of the day. In moderation, chocolate can be a part of a healthy diet. Select dark chocolate and keep the portion size small. Go ahead and enjoy (occasionally)!!!!!!! Here is a great chocolate recipe!
Finally, myth busted-Chocolate is not bad for health! Great news for chocolate lovers!!
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