Who doesn’t like chocolate? It is the first food we reach out when we need a treat. But after enjoying that slab, feelings of guilt kick in and we stress about that unhealthy indulgence. Hold on, not all chocolate is bad for you, in fact, it is not as bad as people have made us think. Below are some common questions asked.
1. Is all chocolate bad for me?
Not at all. While many people consider chocolate to be a forbidden indulgence that does more harm than good, many studies have found that consuming a small amount of good-quality dark chocolate with a high cocoa content every day can benefit your health. If your chocolate of choice is high-sugar and high-fat confectionary, trying weaning yourself onto the good stuff to feel the benefits.
2. Does chocolate contain antioxidants?
Yes! Chocolate is particularly high in antioxidant chemicals called flavanols. These help protect against free radicals, which are linked to cell damage. Regular intake of antioxidants has been shown to be particularly helpful for lowering blood pressure and preventing heart disease.
3. Can chocolate fight cancer?
Chocolate certainly isn’t a cure for cancer, but recent research has indicated that compounds present in chocolate could reduce the number of aberrant cells that are linked to colon cancer. Other studies have indicated that chemicals present in chocolate may play a role in helping to prevent some forms of cancer.
4. Does chocolate make you feel good?
Absolutely. Consuming chocolate can replicate the feeling of well-being we experience when falling in love. Theobromine, along with other chemicals found in chocolate, has been shown to release endorphins – pleasure-giving chemicals!
5. Is chocolate bad for my teeth?
Not exactly. Contrary to what you might think, in fact, chocolate could actually be good for your teeth. Recent research by Tulane University in Louisiana has shown that the theobromine found in chocolate is even better at strengthening teeth than fluoride. Unfortunately, the large quantities of sugar added to most chocolate can have quite the opposite effect.
6. Can you really become addicted to chocolate – a true “chocoholic”?
Cocoa beans contain several chemicals that are associated with enhancing our sense of well-being – tryptophan, anandamide, and phenylethylamine are known to have a positive impact on mood. However, the quantities in a single bar are so small that the chances of becoming physiologically addicted to chocolate are slim.
So there you have it! Far from being the villainous junk food it’s often made out to be, chocolate can have some surprising health benefits when consumed responsibly.
Plamil have been passionately making organic chocolate for fifteen years, being the first chocolate manufacturer to be registered in the UK by the Soil Association. They source most of our Organic and Fairtrade cocoa from farming co-operative in the Dominican Republic, and unlike so many brands nowadays, they actually make their own chocolate in our factory, which never uses dairy/animal, wheat/gluten or nuts.