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Already so much has been said about the benefits of chocolate, that thoughts start to creep in, that things are not so simple. Moreover, in the mind of a person, useful and proper food is always associated with something not very tasty. And chocolate, of course, is strongly knocked out of these somewhat stereotyped frames. Yes, and scientists around the world still have not come to a consensus on this issue and are still actively continuing research in the field of chocolate and its effects on the human body.

We will try to find out what is really true, and what myths are about the usefulness of such a favorite and delicious treat, like chocolate.

Myth:

It is claimed that since chocolate contains fatty acids in large quantities, it promotes the accumulation of cholesterol in the body.

True:

To begin with it is worth noting that cholesterol is harmful and useful. So chocolate struggles with harmful cholesterol, contributes to its reduction and increases the body’s content of “useful” cholesterol.

 

Myth:

Chocolate helps with coughing and sore throat.

True:

Yes this is true. Studies have shown that the theobromine, which is contained in chocolate, is more effective in coughing than codeine, which is included in all cough preparations. Theobromine dilates the bronchi and facilitates coughing, and even reduces it. It is also a good muculating agent. Of course, chocolate can not cure a strong bronchitis, but here’s to ease it and cope with a slight coughing at the time. In addition, bitter chocolate can cope well with perspiration and sore throat. It moisturizes and soothes it.

Myth:

The use of chocolate leads to the development of caries.

True:

Everyone knows that eating lots of sweets, especially sweets, harms tooth enamel, but not in the case of chocolate. Cocoa contains substances such as tannins and other antibacterial components that cope with various bacteria in the mouth, thereby reducing the plaque on the teeth, which contributes to the development of caries. Of course, the use of chocolate will not cope with the caries that you already have, but it is able to reduce the likelihood of developing a new one.

Myth:

Consumption of chocolate causes the appearance of acne and rash.

True:

This is far from the case. The truth is that excessive consumption of chocolate can cause a malfunction of the stomach, especially for milk chocolate and chocolate with additives and fillings. A pure black chocolate contains a large number of antioxidants, which on the contrary contribute to the improvement of metabolic processes in the skin, which in itself can not cause the appearance of acne or rash. So we can conclude, which is confirmed by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, the chocolate itself does not cause pimples and rashes, but the milk that is added to chocolate can well provoke the appearance of unpleasant, and sometimes even dangerous, formations on the skin.

Myth:

Chocolate is useful for the cardiovascular system.

True:

Yes it’s true. First, in cocoa beans in large quantities contain flavonoids, which protect the body from oxidation processes. By the way, many pharmacological companies began to synthesize flavonoids from cocoa and widely use them in medical preparations. In addition, flavonoids strengthen the walls of blood vessels and capillaries.

Secondly, chocolate contains kakhetin, which also contributes to reducing the risk of cancer and vascular diseases.

Third, the scientists found that eating a small amount of chocolate every day leads to a reduction in the risk of hypertension.

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