The Truth Behind the "Big Lies" About Chocolate HTML version

Chocolate: Separating Fact and Fiction
The following are commonly held beliefs regarding chocolate. See which are true, which are
false and which are somewhere in-between.
Statement: Chocolate is largely an “empty-calorie” food that is unhealthy and has little to
offer in the way of nutrition.
Answer: False. While chocolate does provide calories, they certainly are not empty.
Chocolate also provides a variety of other essential vitamins; minerals and other substances
(simply read the rest of this booklet to find out why chocolate is a healthful food.)
Statement: Chocolate causes acne.
Answer: False. This one is big. For decades, teenagers have been told to avoid the chocolate
ice cream if they didn’t want zits and blackheads. Most research, as well as various
professional organizations, states that acne is principally a result of hormone imbalance —
specifically testosterone. Diet is considered to make a very minor contribution—if any at all—
to the formation of acne.
Statement: Chocolate is addictive.
Answer: Maybe. There is much debate over this topic. While it is true that chocolate does
contain (or contribute to the production of) several compounds active in the brain and central
nervous system, the opinions are very mixed among researchers as to the notion that
chocolate can actually be addicting. While these compounds do produce other feelings and
sensations, at least on study recently found that cocoa-filled capsules containing all the
active ingredients did not satisfy the cravings in the same way that chocolate did. This would
suggest that the pleasant sensory experience of eating (smelling, tasting, etc.) the chocolate
is a least partly necessary to satisfy chocolate cravings or “addictions.”
Statement: Chocolate causes allergies.
Answer: Unlikely. First of all, very few people have true food allergies. Rather, they suffer
from a food intolerance, which is less severe than an allergy. Those with food allergies can
suffer severe symptoms, such as swollen eyes and throat, extreme itchiness in the mouth, and
so on. Those with an intolerance usually have trouble digesting a particular food, and
experience more mild gastrointestinal symptoms.
This is one reason that chocolate as an allergy trigger is highly unlikely. Second, and allergy
or intolerance symptoms associated with the consumption of chocolate are more likely the
result of an associated food or ingredient, such as nuts or milk, both of which have far higher
allergy/intolerance rates. The research on chocolate suggests that intolerance to chocolate is
comparatively rare, and no more prevalent that most other foods.
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