Chocolates

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A fact that cannot be denied among girls is they crave for chocolates. Why is it that they go crazy over chocolates? Is it the taste, texture or the sweetness that made us madly obsessed with this candy? I thought of this for a while. Don’t feel sorry girls because a lot of things can be benefited with munching of chocolates. But let us remind ourselves that too much of everything is harmful to us. So just eat the right kind of amount.

Some facts about chocolate:

Chocolate contains more than 300 known chemicals.

Caffeine is the most well known of these chemical ingredients, and while it’s present in chocolate, it can only be found in small quantities. Theobromine, a weak stimulant, is also present, in slightly higher amounts. The combination of these two chemicals (and possibly others) may provide the “lift” that chocolate eaters experience.

Phenylethylamine is also found in chocolate. It’s related to amphetamines, which are strong stimulants. All of these stimulants increase the activity of neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) in parts of the brain that control our ability to pay attention and stay alert.

See? Chocolates help us to be alert and quick thinker!

Recent research at the University of California, Davis, has found that chocolate carries high levels of chemicals known as phenolics, some of which may help lower the risk of heart disease. Plants such as chocolate, coffee, tea, and others contain high levels of phenolics.

The good news is that most of the bad effects of eating chocolate are either overstated or entirely false. Eating chocolate neither causes nor aggravates acne. Two studies — one by the Pennsylvania School of Medicine and another by the U.S. Naval Academy — showed that eating chocolate (or not eating it) did not produce any significant changes in the acne conditions of the study’s participants. These results are further backed by research which shows that acne is not primarily linked to diet.

More chocolates please…

Yesterday I bought some M&M’s with me, it contains soy products, peanuts, milk and may contain almonds. Before buying some chocolate, it is wise to check on its information and ingriedients.

WHAT IS THE HEALTHIEST CHOCOLATE?

It’s a fact that plain dark chocolate products containing a minimum 70% or more cocoa solids are the healthiest and the best way to satisfy a craving for chocolate, without consuming too much sugar and saturated fat or HVO. If your a Milk or White Chocolate lover, choose products with a minimum of 30% chocolate solids (Milk Chocolate) or 30% chocolate butter (white chocolate).

Chocolate lovers go wrong by choosing cheap (& not so cheap) “brand name” chocolate or chocolates, low in chocolate solids (ave is less than 20% chocolate solids, but some can contain less than 7%), all are high in sugar content, saturated fats and other health hazards such as HVO (Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil) and consequently can be disastrous for both teeth and health.

Incidentally, filled chocolates, both the commercial variety and (sadly) many handmade chocolates varieties, are some of the worst culprits with fillings consisting almost exclusively of flavoured Fondant and Praline, fondant is virtually 100% sugar and pralines can be just as bad.
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