Happy World Chocolate Day! We’re both serious chocoholics, so to celebrate the day, we decided to make ourselves and any other chocolate lovers out there feel better by debunking a few well-known myths about chocolate and revealing a few interesting facts that you may not know about chocolate.
5 myths about chocolate
Chocolate gives you spots
Hopefully not too many people still buy into this one, but it’ll probably never truly go away. Chocolate absolutely does not give you spots or acne. Studies going as far back as the 60s have failed to produce any evidence that supports the claim.
Chocolate is bad for your cholesterol
Chocolate does contain fat, but most of it is stearic acid, which doesn’t act like saturated fat, which means it’s not bad for your cholesterol.
Chocolate makes you hyper
Despite parents’ desire to blame chocolate and sugar for their kids’ hyperactive behaviour, this is not the case. Dozens of studies have found no link between chocolate and children’s hyperactive behaviour.
Chocolate is high in caffeine
While plenty of people think chocolate is high in caffeine, it isn’t. For comparison; a grande Starbucks coffee contains 320 milligrams of caffeine, while a milk chocolate bar contains approximately 9 milligrams.
Chocolate causes cavities
This is a major one, but research has found that normal consumption of chocolate does not increase cavities. In fact, there are compounds found in cocoa beans that actually offset the acid-producing abilities of sugar and antibacterial qualities that actually fight plaque!
5 facts about chocolate
The smell of chocolate relaxes you
Yes, sniffing chocolate has been proven to reduce theta brain waves, which causes you to relax.
White chocolate isn’t actually chocolate
For it to be considered chocolate, it has to contain the cocoa bean, which white ‘chocolate’ is missing. It’s main ingredient is cocoa butter, which comes from the cocoa bean but isn’t actually chocolate.
Dark chocolate is good for you
We were all hoping this was true, and it is in moderation. It has been proven to lower blood pressure, it’s a powerful antioxidant, and it’s good for your heart and brain.
Chocolate can help cure coughs
It’s time to put away the honey and lemon. Extensive research has shown that compounds in cocoa can be more effective than codeine for curing a persistent cough. Next time you have an annoying cough, try sucking on a piece of dark chocolate with a high cocoa percentage.
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