Power of Chocolate
is often considered a naughty but nice food, perhaps
because it tastes so good and offers goodie antioxidants. Athough
high in calories, chocolate has several health benefits.
chocolate bad for the heart?
chocolate contains beneficial antioxidants called flavonoids,
which may actually reduce the harmful effects of LDL ("bad")
cholesterol. It may even lower blood pressure, according to
one recent small study from Germany. Some lab studies suggest
that cocoa flavonoids may also reduce the growth of cancer cells.
An ounce of dark chocolate has about the same amount of flavonoids
as half a cup of brewed black tea, another good source. But
don’t look to chocolate as a proven way to prevent heart
disease and cancer. If you simply add chocolate to your diet,
you’re likely to gain weight, which is bad for your heart.
fat in chocolate has little effect on blood cholesterol. Though
it is highly saturated, the fat is mostly stearic acid, which
does not boost cholesterol.
dark chocolate better for you than milk chocolate?
chocolate, including bittersweet and semisweet, does contain
more flavonoids; otherwise the differences are small. Milk chocolate
contains some milk, of course, but less chocolate liquor (the
ground-up center of the cocoa bean) than dark chocolate. White
chocolate is made from cocoa butter. It contains no chocolate
liquor and is not, technically speaking, chocolate at all.
chocolate a major source of caffeine?
it has only small amounts. A one-ounce bar of milk chocolate
contains about 6 milligrams of caffeine. The same amount of
dark chocolate has 20 milligrams. A cup of cocoa has 20 milligrams
or less. For comparison, a cup of tea averages 40 milligrams;
a cup of coffee, 115 milligrams.
it cause cavities?
contributes little to tooth decay. Plain chocolate, though sugary,
is not sticky and clears out of the mouth quickly. In addition,
it contains substances that may inhibit the bacterial growth
that promotes plaque formation and thus cavities. However, many
chocolate products contain sticky, sugary ingredients, which
do promote tooth decay.
40% of women and 15% of men may term themselves "chocoholics,"
but chocolate is not addictive in the same sense as nicotine.
Many people crave it, possibly because it contains small amounts
of caffeine and a few other potentially mood-improving chemicals.
But the cravings as well as the good feelings may well arise
from the sweetness, aroma, and melt-in-your-mouth quality. There’s
a difference between being addicted to something and just liking
it a lot.
chocolate cause acne?
chocolate does not cause acne. However, the sugars of chocolate
products may increase yeast (candida) in the body which in turn
may exacerbate acne.
it contain high levels of lead and other harmful metals?
A California group recently tried to sue some chocolate manufacturers
on the grounds that chocolate contains heavy metals, but the
case was dismissed after an investigation by the California
Attorney General and never went to trial.
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