CHOCOLICIOUS: FACTS AND MYTHS ABOUT CHOCOLATE
- Chocolate: The very essence of any treat, be it Valentine's Day or Christmas, the fancy of every kids, (adults too), has been questioned and condemned many a times for being unhealthy. Are the accusations really true?
7 facts and myths about chocolate
- #1 Myth Chocolate is high on caffeine: Fact: Chocolate certainly perks us up, but does not contain caffeine in high amount. A 1.4-ounce chocolate bar or an 8-ounce glass of chocolate milk both contain 6 mg. of caffeine,
the same amount as a cup of decaffeinated coffee.
- #2 Myth: Chocolate is loaded with saturated fat and is bad for your cholesterol: Fact: Stearic acid, the main saturated fat found in milk chocolate does not raise cholesterol levels like other saturated fats do. In fact, eating
a 1.4 ounce chocolate bar instead of a carbohydrate-rich snack has been shown to increase HDL (good) cholesterol levels.
- #3 Myth: Chocolate lacks any nutritional value: Fact: Not true. Alternately, a typical dark chocolate bar contains antioxidant compounds (flavanol) of 2 3/4 cups of green tea, 1 glass of red wine, or 2/3 cup of blueberries.
Chocolate also contains minerals and dietary fibers.
- #4 Myth: Chocolate causes acne: Fact: Regardless of what your parents or grandparents may still say, studies in the past twenty years have eliminated chocolate as a cause of acne. (In fact, many dermatologists doubt that
diet plays any significant role in the development of acne).
- #5 Myth: Chocolate causes weight gain: Fact: An average chocolate bar contains 220 calories, which is low enough to be a part of a weight control diet if other high-calorie foods are eliminated. Occasional piece of
chocolate may reduce severe bingeing, which occurs when you feel deprived of your favorite foods.
- #6 Myth: Chocolate causes cavities: Fact: Chocolate has less of an effect on dental plaque than pure table sugar. In fact, a study from Osaka University in Japan found that parts of the cocoa bean, thwart mouth bacteria
and tooth decay. Fighting cavities never tasted so good...:)
- #7 Myth: Eating sugar and chocolate can add to stress: Fact: On the contrary. A study found that eating about an ounce and a half of dark chocolate a day for two weeks reduced levels of stress hormones in the bodies of
people feeling highly stressed. Moral of the story chocolate isn't that bad for your health
Ever wondered how many types of chocolates are there?
- Unsweetened chocolate: Used in baking, sometimes referred to as pure or dark chocolate or bitter chocolate, contains at least 35% of chocolate liquor. There is really no difference between bittersweet and semisweet
- Milk chocolate: Contains at least 10% of chocolate liquor with cocoa butter, sugar, 12% milk, cream, or milk powder added.
- White chocolate: Technically, it is not considered a type of chocolate since it does not contain chocolate liquor. But it must have at least 20% cocoa butter and 14% milk with sugar amounts.
- Dairy free and sugar free chocolate: Generally for the diabetics, lactose intolerant people, vegans, people on diets and patients with high blood sugar, who do have a sweet tooth for chocolate but cannot enjoy a bite,
these low-milk and low-sugar content chocolates are perfect.
Chocomania: Some interesting and fun facts about chocolate
- Chocolate is known as "food of gods", which comes from the Latin name of "Theobroma Cacao" or cocoa tree
- Biggest chocolate weighs 12000 pounds. It contains 12000 pounds of almonds, 5500 pounds of sugar, 2000 pounds of milk powder and 14000 pounds of chocolate liquor.
- Nearly 40% of world's almond and 20% of world's peanuts are used for making chocolate.
- Napoleon always carried chocolate with him as an energy booster.
- More than 70% of American prefer milk chocolate.
- Twice the number of men, women eat and carve for chocolate.
- People spend more than $7 billion a year on chocolate.
Designed by: Eye Candy Infographic | Sources: http://www.mnn.com/foods/healthy-eating/stories/top-11-chocolate-myths; http://www.appforhealth.com/2013/02/chocolate-is-good-for-you; http://chocoopassion.blogspot.