Chocolate Facts & Myths
Chocolate causes acne.
This widespread misconception has been refuted by recent studies by scientists who proved that acne is not due to chocolate, but to hormonal imbalances and other disorders in the body.
Frequent consumption of chocolate leads to overweight.
This is not entirely true. Chocolate is really a high-calorie product, but the main sources of calories are milk and glucose. "Chocolate" carbohydrates are classified as "readily available", are quickly broken down and consumed just as quickly. Indeed, with excess intake of carbohydrates, carbohydrates can be “stored” in the form of fat, but when consumed in reasonable amounts, they are part of a healthy balanced diet.
Chocolate causes childhood hyperactivity and / or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
In fact, the association between chocolate consumption and childhood hyperactivity has not been established by scientists.
Chocolate is a strong aphrodisiac.
This very popular urban legend is rooted in Spanish conquest of Mexico. The last ruler of the Aztecs, Montezuma, drank a large amount of chocolate drink before visiting his harem. Loved chocolate and Italian adventurer Giacomo Casanova, considering it one of the best products that excite sensuality. Cocoa can really be considered a light aphrodisiac. Chocolate has a stimulating effect and improves mood, especially in women!
Chocolate contains too much caffeine and is harmful to the heart. Indeed, cocoa contains caffeine, but in a small amount, much less than that found in tea or coffee. Moreover, the effect of caffeine is reduced by mixing cocoa with other ingredients in the manufacture of chocolate. Studies presented by the European Society of Cardiology show that polyphenols contained in cocoa beans have a beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system. They contribute to more efficient blood flow, thus reducing the load on the heart. So eating chocolate is a good way to keep your heart healthy.
Chocolate raises cholesterol.
This statement is not true. Saturated fats found in chocolate mainly consist of stearic and oleic acids, which are not responsible for the deposition of cholesterol on the walls of blood vessels.
Chocolate causes headaches.
Science has not identified a link between chocolate consumption and migraines. As a rule, the occurrence of migraines is associated with hormone levels, and not with food.
Chocolate causes tooth decay.
Recent studies, on the contrary, suggest that chocolate is good for the oral cavity. Cocoa contains antibacterial components that fight tooth decay, and the tannins in chocolate prevent the development of dental bacteria.
Chocolate causes drug addiction.
This is not so. Caffeine in chocolate, as mentioned above, contains quite a bit. Theobromine, which in principle can cause a drug-like addiction, is also so low that only someone who eats at least 400-500 grams of chocolate per day for a real addiction. As for the cannabinoids found in chocolate - substances similar in their effect to marijuana, to achieve any noticeable effect it is necessary to eat at least 55 tiles. Therefore, we can’t talk about physical dependence.
Chocolate is an exclusively feminine pleasure.
This myth was dispelled in the United Kingdom as a result of a survey that reads: only half of female respondents are really partial to chocolate, while among men, almost two-thirds of respondents had a passion for this sweetness.