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Chocolate … Nothing Tastes as Good as Love Feels

 

It is said that the scent of chocolate can cause your brain to release the same chemical as when you fall in love. The richness of cocoa, can cleanse and moisturize the skin, increase lymphatic flow, provides minerals, vitamins, oxygenate and detoxification your tissues.

Regardless of the reasons a person craves chocolate, one thing is for sure Valentine's Day still means Chocolate. Americans spend $1.059 billion each Valentine's Day on candy.

 

The Truth or Lies about Chocolate

Chocolate Cravings

 
Chocolate Tastes

In one study, people who reportedly craved chocolate were given cocoa, which contains all of the compounds and nutrients believed to cause chocolate cravings. However, their "cravings" were only satisfied by pieces of white and milk chocolates, which contain far fewer of these compounds. This indicates that people may have a strong desire for the taste and feel of chocolate, but this desire is not connected to a physiological dependency.

In the weight loss industry, the nutritional counselors working to keep clients on track would look at why a person did not adhere to their dietary food plan and what foods they craved.   The general rule of thumb was if they craved chocolate, there may be an issue that they are depressed about.  The chocolate stimulates the serotonin levels in the brain to make a person feel better. 

From a holistic standpoint, you look a little deeper to see if it is truly the chocolate that is being craved or just the sugar.  After all, how many people crave unsweetened chocolate?  Hence with the sugar craving one would wonder if the person has enough sweetness in their life.

Chocolate Causes Tooth Decay

Forget everything your mother ever told you about how eating chocolates will give you cavities. Scientists now believe the length of time food stays in your mouth, not its sugar content, is what causes cavities. Chocolate leaves your mouth relatively quickly- it's the things that get stuck in there that are the problem, like crackers, cookies or dried fruit. Studies suggest that dark chocolate and cocoa may actually be good for dental health because flavanol antioxidants, tannins, which inhibit the action of cavity causing bacteria and other compounds in cocoa and chocolate slow the build-up of plaque.

Chocolate Causes Acne

Although chocolate has been blamed as one of the causes of acne, this has not been scientifically proven as of yet. Actually, dermatologists say that what causes acne in people who consume chocolate is milk that is added to it, not the chocolate itself.

Chocolate is High in Caffeine

Despite public perception, milk chocolate contains relatively small amounts of caffeine - about the same as a cup of decaffeinated coffee. However, chocolate also contains theobromine, a relative of caffeine.  Chocolate is one of nature's most concentrated sources of theobromine, a mild, natural stimulant and molecular "cousin" of caffeine. However, unlike its cousin, theobromine does not strongly stimulate the central nervous system, nor does it have the same "eye-opening" power.

Theobromine has also been shown to reduce coughing and has been used in "natural" cough medicine preparations as a cough suppressant. The level of theobromine found to be effective in clinical trials is roughly 5 times higher than what is found in a typical bar of dark chocolate.

Chocolate is Bad for Your Pets

While safe for humans, other species, such as dogs, lack the specific enzyme that metabolizes theobromine so eating chocolate can cause them to become over stimulated. This is why it is strongly recommended that pet owners prevent dogs from eating chocolate.

 

 

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Disclaimer: Information on this web site was gathered from many sources in public domain such as published books, articles, studies and web sites. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. Please discuss your health conditions and treatments with your personal physician.

 

 

 

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