Saturday, February 11, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

It's the weekend of love & chocolate! Hope you all have fun plans for the day! Now don't be too upset about all of the chocolate you'll be eating; chocolate isn't bad for us. New research has been shown that chocolate can be part of a healthy diet!

Myth: Chocolate is high in caffeine.
Eating chocolate may perk you up, it actually is not very high in caffeine. A 1.4 ounce chocolate bar or 8 ounce glass of chocolate milk both contain 6 mg of caffeine. That's the same amount as a cup of decaffeinated coffee.

Myth: Chocolate is bad for your cholesterol.
Fact: Research has shown that stearic acid, the main saturated fat found in milk chocolate, doesn't raise ol levels the same way that other types of saturated fats do. In fact, eating a 1.4 ounce chocolate bar instead of a carbohyfrated-rich snack can increase HDL (good) cholesterol.

Myth: Chocolate lacks any mutritional value.
Fact: Chocolate is a good source of magnesium, copper, iron, & zinc. It also contains antioxidants that are found in tea & red wine that decrease risk of coronary disease. A daily serving of dark chocolate helps lower blood pressure & improve insulin resistance according to a joint study between Tufts Unicersity in Boston & the Unicersity of L'Aquila in Italy.

Myth: Chocolate cause cavities.
Fact: Candy alone is not responsible for cavities. They are formed when bacteria in the mouth metabolize sugars & starches from any type of food.

Myth: Chocolate causes acme.
Fact: Eating chocolate all day everyday for months will definitely give you acne. Eating unhealthy, greasy foods on a regular bacis will give you acne. Chocolate every now & than will not give you acne.

Chocolate's bad reputation is slowly changing & research now shows that chocolate can be a part of an overall healthy lifestyle; when in moderation!

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