Myth: Chocolate lacks any nutritional value

Myth: Chocolate lacks any nutritional value

darkchocolate_womanChocolate is my favorite food in the world. My friends keep telling me that anyone can lure me away with chocolates.

They have received a lot of beating from all because they are high in calories and can cause cavities. Poor chocolate. In my previous post, , I have told you the “feel good” factors of chocolate.

Now for those who do not know about the nutritional value of chocolate, here are a few facts.

  • Chocolate is a good source of magnesium,copper,calcium, iron and zinc.
  • It contains polyphenols which are antioxidants found in tea and red wine and are said to reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • Antioxidants also lower blood pressure and improve insulin resistance.
  • Stearic acid, is the main saturated fat present in chocolate and this will not raise your cholesterol the way other saturated fats do.
  • About cavities, Chocolate alone is not the culprit. Cavities are formed from any sugars and starches such as white rice, breads etc. The acid thus produced by them causes the cavity. In fact, the calcium from chocolate can be great for the teeth.
  • It does not cause acne and has no link to it at all.

And lastly, it does not cause weight gain unless your pigging yourself with them and eating the sugary ones. Eat them in moderation as a feel good snack and not as your desert.

Try Cadbury bournville Dark chocolate tastes great but do not finish the whole slab. Take a bite and relish the taste.

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India.She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore.Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

3 Replies to “Myth: Chocolate lacks any nutritional value”

  1. hi sanjana

    i keep hearing from people that eating chocolates and icecreams (and also chicken, prawns etc.) will worsen acne. is that true? if it is, can you suggest some acne reducing tips?

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