Some health benefits of chocolate

Not that we really need an excuse to eat chocolate but if you do here's a few health benefits

Chocolate and tooth decay

Dark chocolate, with its higher cocoa to sugar ratio may actually inhibit tooth decay and lead to fewer cavities as well as potentially whiter teeth. Milk chocolate is also on the list of least likely to cause tooth decay because of the combination of phosphate and other minerals in its structure.

Chocolate is full of energy

Chocolate is also a good source of carbohydrates as well and is an excellent source of quick energy and a combatant of fatigue.

Chocolate does not cause ADHD

Paediatricians are saying that there is no link between the sugars found in chocolate and restlessness or attention-deficit-hyperactivity type disorders (ADHD) found in children.

Chocolate does not cause acne

Probably the leading misconception about chocolate is that it causes acne. This has been disproved, however, by the University of Pennsylvania's study of 65 acne sufferers. All were instructed to eat large amounts of chocolate; 46 showed no change in their condition, 10 got better and 9 got worse, results showing no direct correlation between chocolate consumption and acne.

Chocolate contains healthy vitamins

In addition, cocoa contains many vitamins including vitamins A, B1, C, D, and E, and is also the highest natural source for Magnesium. A lack of magnesium in diet has been linked to joint problems, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and pre-menstrual tension (PMT or PMS), just more reasons to increase your chocolate intake.

Chocolate does not contain lots of caffeine

Contrary to popular belief, chocolate only contains small amounts of caffeine. A cup of decaffeinated coffee actually contains more caffeine than the average serving of chocolate (whatever that is!!!)

Date: 07/02/2011