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!
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