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Chocolate: True and False

Chocolate: True and False

Chocolate: True and False


Chocolate is good for your health : True
Rich in tannins, substances that protect the heart and the blood vessels, chocolate stimulates blood platelet activity, thus reducing the levels of cardiovascular risks. It is a food that is easy to digest and is easily assimilated by all types of blood groups. Cocoa beans are rich in carotene, vitamins in group B, and vitamins C, D and E. It contains magnesium, potassium, iron and fluorine. Chocolate is a real health cocktail.

Chocolate raises cholesterol levels : False
On the contrary, the “good fats” contained in cocoa butter have a favorable effect on blood cholesterol levels, especially by raising the levels of HDL-cholesterol, the “good” cholesterol that protects blood vessels. By helping to avoid atheroma, chocolate is a friend of your heart, all the more so in that its tannins (polyphenols) protect blood vessel walls; by thinning the blood, they avoid formation of a clot that could block an artery.

Chocolate leads to tooth decay : False
It is true that chocolate contains sugar (which leads to tooth decay), but cocoa mass also contains other chemical substances (including fluorine) that protect teeth from decay. And of course, eating chocolate does not stop you from cleaning your teeth afterwards.

Chocolate has beneficial mental effects : True
Its magnesium can help people suffering from stress or spasmophilia to feel better. Depressive people can be helped to see things more positively thanks to the phenyl ethylamine that it contains. Its tonic substances (including caffeine) can help tired people to perk up. Worriers, for their part, prefer the anxiolytic effects of sugar, which is more plentiful in milk chocolate and white chocolate.

Chocolate leads to liver problems : False
For doctors, what people often refer to as liver problems are usually attributable to indigestion. The only things that can really be dangerous for the liver are alcohol, some poisonous mushrooms, foods containing certain viruses (leading to hepatitis A), and a certain number of medicaments.

Chocolate causes constipation : False
On the contrary, its tannins stimulate colon movement, and its fibers accelerate bowel movement. Chocolate with over 85% of cocoa contains as high a level of fibers as whole wheat bread.

Chocolate accelerates ageing : False
Chocolate contains tannins (polyphenols) and vitamin E that slow down the rate of cell ageing and oxidation (linked to free radicals).

Chocolate is easy to digest : True
Those who say they have trouble digesting chocolate, sometimes eat too much of it after a big meal, as is often the case on special occasions (Christmas, Easter) when chocolate is a big favorite.

Chocolate gives migraine : False
Chocolate contains tyramine (a substance that can trigger migraine), but the quantities it contains are too small to trigger migraine on their own.

Chocolate leads to acne : False
Food does not lead to acne or worsen it.

Chocolate can be part of a balanced diet : True
Because it is rich in calories (about 550 kcal/100g), chocolate would not seem to be very good for people who want to lose weight or watch their weight. But provided that the energy intake does not exceed the energy burned during physical activity, it is quite possible to include chocolate as part of a balanced daily diet. Numerous studies have shown that there is no correlation between eating chocolate and putting on too much weight. The average body weight of chocolate eaters is similar to that of people who do not eat chocolate, among adults and children alike. For people on a diet, chocolate can add a note pleasure that helps them to stick to their diet and avoid problems such as bulimia.

Chocolate is an aphrodisiac : Maybe…
Chocolate has had this reputation since the pre-Columbian era, but at that time it contained a lot of pepper and hot peppers, spices that were more likely to be at the root of that virtue. The Aztec king Moctezuma II drank 50 cups of chocolate a day to enable him to satisfy his many wives. Later on, chocolate was seen as being too stimulating, so it was not recommended for ecclesiastics. Recent work has shown that it increases levels of sexual activity in rats. To date, no experiments have been carried out on human volunteers… Nonetheless, we can say that through its positive effects on the mind and on blood circulation, chocolate could well enhance and improve sexual activity.

“Chocolate has always been associated with the heart, because we love it from the very first time we eat some: because it is a stimulant, we eat it to get over heartache, and above all because chocolate contains polyphenols, antioxidants that protect your heart”.

Professor Christian CABROL

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