People say to me all the time that chocolate is bad for you. It makes you gain weight, it’s bad for your teeth etc. But is it true? Well, not necessarily!
I’ve come up with a few common chocolate myths to put to the test.
There are a huge amount of scientific studies that have proved that this simply isn’t true! Chocolate actually has a legitimate superfood status. A typical dark chocolate bar contains as much antioxidant capacity as 2 3/4 cups of green tea or 2/3 cup of blueberries. Chocolate also contains minerals and dietary fibre.
A study investigating the development of plaque from chocolate found that chocolate has less of an effect on dental plaque than pure table sugar and another study from a university in Japan found that parts of the cocoa bean actually stop mouth bacteria and tooth decay! So if you’re giving your kids a treat it’s much better for their teeth to give them a chocolate bar instead of a bag of sweets.
Well unfortunately this one is very true! That is, if you’re eating loads of it every day! A large study funded by the National Institutes of Health found that consuming a small amount of chocolate for five days during a week was linked to a lower BMI. So, a little chocolate every now and again should have little effect on your waistline and could actually make you healthier. Just remember I said ‘a little chocolate’!
So next time you are tucking into a delicious slice of chocolate pizza and somebody tells you that it’s bad for you, you can tell them how wrong they are!
Chocolate Chip Scones. Do you have left over chocolate from Easter, or just fancy doing some baking? Try this recipe, it is delicious! If you have spare chocolate from Easter just break it up into little pieces and use it
So, last week I told you all about where chocolate comes from and how it gets from the tree to the factory. But what happens to it when it gets to the factory? Well, at the factory, the cacao beans
Valentine’s Day is on the Way! Romance is in the air! Everywhere you look there are flowers, cards and chocolates so there is absolutely no excuse to forget about your loved one this year! In the UK, just under half