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Chocolate – Myths & Truths

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CHOCOLATE is a ‘happy’ food. When we eat it, we produce endorphins, a family of small proteins, in the brain.

They enhance the sensory properties of chocolate, such as the aroma, taste and mouth-feel, contributing to our on-going sensation of pleasure and well-being.

Myth: Chocolate makes you fat.

Truth: It is the amount consumed that will determine whether it contributes to body fat.

Myth: Chocolate raises blood cholesterol and blood glucose levels a lot.

Truth: It doesn’t raise levels too much. Chocolate provides nutrients and antioxidants, making it a healthy snack when eaten in moderation.

Myth: Chocolate causes acne.

Truth: Poor diet is the real culprit. Hormonal changes at puberty coupled with a diet lacking in zinc and high in iodine are also high on the list of suspects.

Myth: Chocolate causes tooth decay.

Truth: Tooth decay is not the domain of sugar alone. Most starches and sugar have the potential to cause dental caries. Tannin in cocoa may help prevent caries by reducing the growth of plaque.

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