Chocolate and Its Myths
In this delicious month of love, chocolate is the food on everyone's lips. From a nutritional point of view, chocolate is generating a lot of buzz. Some consider dark chocolate a miracle food. Now is therefore the perfect time to take stock of the subject everybody's talking about.
Chocolate contains flavonoids, which are very powerful antioxidants. However, these substances are only present in cocoa powder. The darker the chocolate, the richer it is in antioxidants. White chocolate has virtually no antioxidants because it contains no cocoa powder.
Chocolate is good for your heart
Did you know that chocolate contains monounsaturated fat, which can lower the level of bad cholesterol in the blood and increase the level of good cholesterol? Chocolate also contains saturated fatty acids, which are generally bad for heart health. The good news, however, is that a number of studies claim to have shown that stearic fatty acid—a fatty acid present in chocolate—does not affect blood cholesterol!
Chocolate helps you stay alert
This is more myth than reality! Chocolate does indeed contain caffeine, but not enough for you to feel the effects. They say you would have to eat about 300 g (nearly six chocolate bars) to get the equivalent amount of caffeine contained in a soft drink. You'd be better off getting a good night's sleep to avoid the need for stimulants to get you through your day!The Rachelle-Béry Team of Nutritionists