1. Myth: Chocolate and Confectionery
so. Any food containing sugars or starches that is fermentable carbohydrates,
can contribute to tooth decay. It all depends on how often we eat and
drink these foods and how long they remain in our mouths. Tooth decay
is primarily the result of poor dental hygiene. The best way to prevent
cavities is to regularly use fluoride, practice proper oral hygiene,
and visit your dentist.
2. Myth: Eating chocolate and confectionery items causes weight increase
to popular belief, most overweight people do not eat too much confectionery
or chocolate. People gain weight when the number of calories they consume
each day is more than the number of calories they burn through physical
activity. Overweight children, for example, are generally less active
than those of normal weight. As a result they keep piling up the calories
and remain heavy even when their calorie intake is not so much.
However it is also important to remember that when we eat too many calories
and fat, we gain weight, which increases risk for heart disease, some
types of cancer, diabetes, obesity and other diseases. Eating a chocolate
bar or a candy will not necessarily make you fat, but these sweet treats
should be balanced with other food choices throughout the day.
3. Myth: Chocolate doesn't have many vitamins or minerals
chocolate is a major source of copper and magnesium. Copper helps the
body use iron and aids in the development of connective tissue, blood
vessels, and skin. Magnesium is part of the bone structure. It also
has a role in the nervous system and in the break down of protein. Moreover,
chocolate milk has higher levels of zinc, potassium, copper and magnesium
than plain milk.
4. Myth: Chocolate has no nutritional value
can play a positive nutritional role when included sensibly in a balanced
diet. Chocolate is a useful source of copper and antioxidants. Milk
chocolate contributes considerable calcium to the diet. Key vitamins
such as riboflavin, thiamine, and, to a lesser extent, niacin can also
be found in chocolate. Finally, chocolate has high energy value - so
much so, that it has been used as part of the rations on many expeditions.
5. Myth: Chocolate is high in calories
Fact: Many people overestimate the calories in chocolate. A 1.5 oz milk chocolate
bar contains approximately 220 calories, low enough to incorporate into
a weight control diet.
6. Myth: Chocolates are linked to Acne
the past two decades, clinical studies have shown that chocolate is
not a cause or factor in the development or persistence of acne.
7. Myth: Chocolate is addictive
Fact: Although its true that many people love the taste of chocolate,
it is not an addictive food. An addiction is a serious medical condition
with specific physical and psychological symptoms. However, the desire
for sweet tasting food is a strong biological drive, and it can be satisfied
by eating any naturally sweet food or product made with sugar.