Sweet Facts about Chocolate

CHOCOLATEY FACTS

1) Chocolate Makes You Feel Great

There are a lot of naturally occurring chemicals in chocolate that are either good for us or affect our mood. A substance in chocolate called theobromine triggers the release of endorphins, which are chemicals produced by the brain, that act like a natural antidepressant and can temporarily relieve the blues.

 

2) Chocolate Doesn’t Cause Acne

Regardless of what your parents or grandparents may still say, studies in the past twenty years have eliminated chocolate as a cause of acne. In fact, many dermatologists doubt that diet plays any significant role in the development of acne. Acne is now believed to be caused by a combination of high bacterial levels and oil on the skin.

3) Chocolate Eases Cough

          One of chocolate’s active ingredients, theobromine, suppresses activity in the vagus nerve, which causes coughing. According to a study published in a recent issue of The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology journal, it was one-third more effective at stopping a persistent cough than a placebo.

Suggested serving size: One 50-gram bar of dark chocolate or two cups (500 mL) of hot cocoa (made with real cocoa, not hot chocolate mix) per day.

4) Cocoa Prevents Cavities

You probably think chocolate is full of sugar or artificial sweetener, and it isn’t good for our teeth. Well, it is, but it doesn’t have to be. Pure cocoa can actually help prevent tooth decay. Certain naturally occurring chemicals in cocoa beans fight harmful bacteria in the mouth. Chocolate’s ability to deal with bacterias living on the surface of your teeth is so effective that it might be added to toothpastes and mouthwashes one day—minus the  sugar, of course.

5) Chocolate = Love

          Chocolate contains a chemical called phenylethylamine. Phenylethylamine releases certain “pleasure” endorphins in the brain, which make people feel good all over — similar to how they feel when they’re madly in love. While chocolate might not be a perfect love substitute, it’s one of the best alternates you’ll find produced in mass quantity.

6) Six Ton Chocolate Bar

 

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The biggest chocolate bar ever created weighed almost six tons. The bar took more than fifty people to make and was inspired by the story of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Fortunately, all of that chocolate is not going to go to waste. This particular bar is slated to be broken up into pieces and sold, with the proceeds all going to charity.

 

~YSA

 

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