Yay or Nay to chocolates?
Posted on October 3rd, 2019 Tags :
The worldwide consumption of chocolate every year is estimated to be at least 7.2 million metric tons.
1 metric tons=1000kg, 7.2 metric tons=7,200,000,000kg annually.
With 7.7 billion people in this world now, it means each of us eats about 1kg of chocolate per year! WOW!
Chocolate comes in four main types, Milk, White, Dark and Unsweetened. However, with many new creative inventions, many flavours have been created, such as strawberry, matcha, coffee and more. There is also dairy free and sugar free chocolate which is made specially for people who cannot take normal chocolate due to health or other various reason.
Rather than the common circle or bar shape, they come in different shapes such as seahorse, bunny, heart and more. They are also use for other uses, such as chocolate flavoured beverages, coating and filling for desserts and confectionary ingredients.
Due to the fact that many have been affected by the “Negative effects on health” being spread around, we will hereby explain its benefits as well as how the negative effects being spread are not true.
Advantages of eating chocolate/*Dark chocolate:
Health benefits: It reduces cholesterol and risk of stroke, helps with *heart blood circulation and may prevent *diabetes. It has anti-inflammatory qualities that is beneficial for the brain and it is *mineral rich.
Enhance physical appearance: *Good for skin and help to lose weight.
Positive psychological effects: Reduces stress for mothers and babies, contains Phenylethylamine(PEA) that have mood elevating effects.
Myth-Negative effect/ Why is it not true?:
High saturated fat, bad for cholesterol. NOT TRUE! Stearic acid, the main saturated fat found in chocolate only increase HDL(good) cholesterol levels.
Lacks nutritional value/ NOT TRUE! Chocolate contains antioxidant compounds, minerals and dietary fibres.
Causes acne/ NOT TRUE! The real culprits of acne are diet and hormonal changes not chocolate.
Weight gain/ NOT TRUE! Chocolate reduces severe bingeing.
Causes cavities/ NOT TRUE! Cocoa bean thwart bacteria and tooth decay.
Adds stress/ NOT TRUE! Eating chocolate reduces stress hormones in the bodies of people that are feeling highly stress.
So what do you say?
YAY or NAY to chocolates?
*Phenylethylamine(PEA) is a hormone-like substance that occurs naturally in your brain and body. It functions as a neurotransmitter that gives you heightened focus, attention, goal-directed behaviour, and task-completion.