Artisanal chocolate makers know that a good piece of high-end chocolate is a treat to be enjoyed, a source of health and a great way to celebrate just about anything. But sadly, the general public has been misled about this feast for the senses. There are several cruel myths going around about the dangers of eating chocolate.
Here is a look at 6 of these nefarious myths, and the facts that thoroughly debunk them, courtesy of the chocolate experts at St. Kitts Chocolate Factory.
1. Chocolate Causes Pimples
Ask any high school student fighting the scourge of acne, and you’ll hear that chocolate is bad. But according to a medical study, there is absolutely no correlation between break outs and chocolate. The Journal of the American Medical Association goes further, stating that for most acne sufferers, “even large amounts of chocolate have not clinically exacerbated acne.”
2. Chocolate Make You Fat.
If ever a statement was made for guilt, it’s “chocolate makes you fat.” True, if you eat too much chocolate, you will likely gain weight. But if you eat too much lean protein, you’ll gain weight. Eat too many healthy carbs, and you’ll gain weight. Eat too much of anything, you’ll gain weight.
When it comes to chocolate, in moderate amounts, the opposite is true. According to scientists, eating a small amount five days a week can make positive alterations in your metabolism, helping you lose weight.
3. Chocolate Gives You a Headache.
Chocolate is considered by some to be a trigger for a migraine, much like alcohol. But physicians say you probably crave the chocolate because your body is already in migraine mode. So it is a symptom, not a trigger.
One neurologist made the comparison to a pregnant woman craving pickles and ice cream. Wanting those foods is a symptom of her condition, most definitely not the cause.
4. Chocolate Makes You Nervous.
It’s true that chocolate has caffeine in it. And too much caffeine can make a person feel jittery. But the amount of caffeine in chocolate is tiny compared to a cup of joe.
According to Caffeine Informer, a 12-ounce cup of Starbuck’s coffee has 260 milligrams of caffeine. But a bar of Hershey’s special dark chocolate has 18 milligrams. And standard milk chocolate bars have only 9 milligrams.
Whatever is causing your anxiety, it’s not likely that the piece of chocolate you’re eating is causing it. In fact, as a high-end comfort food, it’s probably soothing.
5. Chocolate Milk Is Bad for You.
Not true. According to an article in USA Hockey Magazine, chocolate milk can help the body recover from a strenuous workout. It is high in protein, plus it has a healthy dose of carbs.
Your body uses of lots of glycogen when it is working hard. So it needs to replace those and the chocolate flavoring in the milk gives it extra carbs.
6. Dark Chocolate Is No Better for You than Any Candy
Wrong! Dark chocolate actually has more antioxidants than acai berries, blueberries, cranberries and other types of highly touted super foods. The flavanols in dark chocolate can help reduce blood pressure in some people.
Eat your chocolate guilt-free. It tastes good and it’s good for you.