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7 Facts Of a Chocolates....

Chocolate as an aphrodisiac?
Well, let's put it this way; people have believed that since the 18th century. Eating chocolate certainly is a pleasant experience. And some people say if you believe it's true. We can only say: You have to decide that one on your own.

Chocolate outsells all other candy
Yes it's true. At least in the USA, more than half of all the candy sold is chocolate. And did you know that chocolate manufacturers use 20% of the world's peanuts & 40% of the world's almonds...

White Chocolate is not chocolate

Absolutely correct. White chocolate is made from whole milk, sugar and cocoa butter but has no non-fat cocoa solids. White chocolate is even made with vegetable oil instead of cocoa butter.

Eat chocolate and live longer!!
A 1999 article said researchers reported that people who eat chocolate three times a month could add a year to their lives. They say antioxidants deserve the credit: 3 oz. of high quality Swiss chocolate has 410 mg. - more than a serving of broccoli. And an antioxidant-rich diet helps protect you from disease, said researcher Andrew L. Waterhouse, PhD. WOW... imagine if you ate chocolate three times a day!

Chocolate causes hyperactivity in kids (so much sugar):

This is kind of an old wives tale, but not really true. According to numerous studies sugar does NOT cause hyperactivity in children. Among others, studies at Vanderbuilt University, reported in the New England Journal of Medicine [Feb. 1994] found absolutely no evidence that sugar and hyperactivity were linked at all.

Chocolate causes acne (or makes it worse):

Again, studies have reported no evidence for this at all.

Chocolate is addictive!

Now here's where we must answer the question very carefully and truthfully. After all, everyone knows you can't eat just one M & M!! Chocolate (the cacao) does contain "stimulants": theobromine & caffeine. Theobromine is a mild stimulant that occurs naturally in many plants, including cocoa, tea and coffee. Theobromine is similar to caffeine except it stimulates the nervous system about 10 times less. And caffeine, as many coffee drinkers will attest know, is mildly addictive.

Researchers have reported that cacao consumption stimulates a mild "marijuana like" effect. It is however a harmless euphoria and does in fact help to reduce stress. The amount of caffeine in an ounce of milk chocolate is about the same as that found in a cup of decaffeinated coffee. You would have to eat more than a dozen Hershey bars, for example, to get the amount of caffeine in one cup of coffee. (You know, that's not such a bad idea, is it?)

Here's a statistics for you: According to Pat Kendall, PhD, a Food Science and Nutrition Specialist at Colorado State University Chocolate is the most commonly craved food in North America - 40% of American women and 15% of American men are "chocoholics" (reported on 5/3/2000).
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