Chocolate is one of the most loved foods by people all over the world. Its unique, sweet and creamy taste makes it the number one favorite candy by people from all around the world. Children are especially fond of it and adults, especially men, love to give them as gifts to the most important women in their lives. But even as chocolate seems to be a favorite treat regardless of gender, age or race, it falls victim to many misconceptions.
The good news, however, is most, if not all, of these myths have been busted, the following being the top five:
Myth # 1 – Chocolates cause zits.
The truth is, chocolate itself does not cause acne. What does cause acne is the milk that goes with the chocolate. In fact, pure chocolates, which may taste bitter, contain high-level of antioxidants which will help make your skin look and feel better and healthier.
Myth # 2 – Chocolates cause tooth cavities.
This myth has been surrounding chocolates for a very long time already but it’s always been just that – a myth. Truth is, while chocolates contain fermentable carbohydrates, which causes cavity, the amount in a regular chocolate bar is not enough to cause tooth damage because the cocoa butter in chocolate itself that the teeth. Chocolates may also be high in sugar, but the time it takes for the chocolate to melt inside your mouth is too short to have bacteria attacking your teeth.
Myth # 3 – Chocolates cause heart disease.
Pure chocolates do not cause heart disease. Pure chocolates contain a high-level of cocoa butter which help reduces cholesterol levels. Pure and real chocolates are also known to contain high levels of vitamins and minerals such as iron, magnesium, calcium and potassium which is is most common in bananas. They all help in the proper functioning of muscles, joints and nerves.
Myth # 4 – Eating chocolates cause insomnia.
Many people think chocolates contain high levels of caffeine but this is so wrong. One cup of hot cocoa contains only 5 mg of the stimulant while a cup of coffee contains about 130 to 200 milligrams.
Myth # 5 – Chocolates may cause cancer.
This myth has long been busted especially as dark chocolate is now proven to be a great source of flavanoids or antioxidants which protect against cell damage. Everyday, we are exposed to various types of free radicals which promote cell damage. But with antioxidants such as the ones found in chocolates, this damaging effect is balanced or reduced.