Myths about Chocolate
Chocolate causes tooth decay
Fact: Studies suggest that dark chocolate and cocoa may not be cause of cavities as chocolates leave the mouth pretty quickly via saliva. In fact it is believed dark chocolate may actually be good for dental health because flavanol antioxidants and other compounds in cocoa and gourmet chocolate slow the build-up of “plaque
Chocolate causes acne
Fact: The Journal of the American Medical Association, after reviewing extensive research on chocolate and acne, stated “diet plays no role in acne treatment in most patients… even large amounts of chocolate have not clinically exacerbated acne.”
Chocolate causes hyperactivity and migraines
Fact: It is believed the high-stimulus environment in which sugary foods are eaten, is what affects behavior not pure chocolate. Studies have shown no relationship between migraine and chocolate
Chocolate is high in caffeine
Fact: Despite public perception, milk chocolate contains relatively small amounts of caffeine – about the same as a cup of decaffeinated coffee. However, chocolate also contains theobromine, a relative of caffeine. Theobromine is much less powerful than caffeine.
Fact: A chocolate craving is really just a desire for pleasure, and has no physiological cause. In one study, people who reportedly craved chocolate were given cocoa, which contains all of the compounds and nutrients believed to cause chocolate cravi+ngs. However, their “cravings” were only satisfied by pieces of white and milk chocolates, which contain far fewer of these compounds. This indicates that people may have a strong desire for the taste and mouth feel of chocolate, but this desire is not connected to a physiological dependency.