Facts and Myths About Chocolate

Belgian Chocolates

  • MYTH: Chocolate raises cholesterol – No, studies support that dark chocolate can actually lower bad cholesterol when consumed in moderation.
  • MYTH: Chocolate is high in caffeine – No, the average bar of chocolate has about the same amount of caffeine as a decaffeinated cup of coffee
  • MYTH: Chocolate causes Acne – There is no scientific evidence to substantiate validity for this myth.
  • MYTH: Chocolate is bad for you – No, chocolate is actually a great part of a healthy diet, as it is rich in antioxidants, which are shown to decrease the risk of heart disease and even slow aging. Dark chocolate is especially known to contain many health beneficial compounds.
  • MYTH: Chocolate is chemically addictive¬† – Based on scientific research, there is no pharmacological effect on the body which can result in a chemical addiction.
  • FACT : Chocolate makes you feel good – Chocolate contains a chemical called phenyl thylamine that gives you a sense of euphoria, as it causes the release of specific pleasure inducing neurotransmitters.
  • MYTH: Chocolate causes migraine headaches – There is no evidence of it, however if chocolate is a trigger food for headaches, you should omit it from your diet as with any other suspects.

How is chocolate made?
Here is a short clip explaining the production of chocolate :

Chocolate has a wonderful history and has captured our hearts since we became aware of its existence. With little negative health effects associated with it and a supreme taste, why not treat yourself with some of our fine Belgian Chocolates!

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~ by blackstargourmet on June 16, 2010.

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