Myths and Facts chocolate – Chocolate is a very popular food since it was found 4000 years ago. This indulgent food comes in various shapes, bar, liquid, powder and can also complement other sweet treats. But is chocolate bad for our body, full of caffeine and saturated fat? Wait a minute, recent research shows that chocolate can fit into our healthy diet. What we must do first is differentiate between the myths and actual facts about chocolate.
source : livescience
Here are some common myths about chocolate along with the facts to set the record straight.
MYTH: Chocolate is high in caffeine
FACT: Contrary to popular belief, chocolate does not contain as much caffeine as we thought. For example, Hershey’s chocolate contains 9 milligrams of caffeine and the Hershey’s Special Dark bar contains 31 milligrams, while a cup of Starbucks coffee contains 320 milligrams of caffeine.
MYTHS: Sugar in chocolate causes hyperactivity
FACT: More than a dozen studies have failed to find any link between sugar in children’s food and hyperactive behavior. Then what makes children hyperactive? There are two theories: the state of the environment that creates extraordinary joy like a birthday party or that all this is only in the minds of parents.
MYTHS: People with diabetes should avoid chocolate
FACT: Chocolate does not need to be completely avoided by people with diabetes because chocolate has a low glycemic index, a measurement carried out on carbohydrate-containing foods and their impact on our blood sugar. Recent studies suggest that dark chocolate may actually improve insulin sensitivity in people with normal and high blood pressure and improve endothelial dysfunction in people with diabetes.
MYTHS: Chocolate causes tooth decay and cavities
FACT: By contrast, a study from Osaka University in Japan found that parts of the cocoa bean, the main ingredient of chocolate, thwart mouth bacteria and tooth decay.
MYTH: Chocolate makes you gain weight
FACT: A large study funded by the National Institutes of Health found that consuming a small amount of chocolate five days a week was linked to a lower Body Mass Index (BMI), even if the person ate more calories overall and didn’t exercise more than other participants.
MITOS: Makan gula dan coklat bisa menambah stres
FAKTA: Sebuah studi menemukan bahwa makan sekitar satu setengah ons coklat hitam sehari selama dua minggu mengurangi tingkat hormon stres di tubuh orang yang merasa sangat stress.
MYTH: Chocolate has no nutritional value
FACT: A typical dark chocolate bar contains antioxidant capacity as much as 2 3/4 cups of green tea, 1 glass of red wine, or 2/3 cups of blueberries. In addition, chocolate also contains minerals and dietary fiber.
MYTHS: Chocolate stimulates sexual power (aphrodisiac)
FACT: The Aztecs may have been the first to believe in the connection between chocolate and amorous feelings. However, researchers have not found any evidence to support the claim.
MYTH: Chocolate causes acne
FACT: An extensive review in the Journal of the American Medical Association concludes that diet plays no role in acne treatment in most patients, even large amounts of chocolate have not clinically exacerbated acne.
Chocolate’s bad reputation is slowly changing and research now shows that when consumed in moderation, chocolate can be a part of an overall healthy lifestyle. You can eat chocolate in the form of brownies from Pondan. Not only easy to make, Pondan also provides various brownie mixes, such as Chocolate Steamed Brownies, Chocolate and Cheese Steamed Brownies, Black Sticky Rice Steamed Brownies, and Black Sticky Rice with Layered Pandan Steam Brownies. Chocolate has never been this good!