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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, http://nutrihealth.in/2008/10/the-brighter-side-of-chocolates/ , 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.

Cheese and its health benefits

Cheese and its health benefits

cheeseCheese is the most misunderstood food around, mainly because of its fat content. Eating cheese has its own benefits.

  • It has high quality protein and is high in calcium as well as phosphorous, zinc, Vitamin A, Riboflavin and vitamin B12.
  • As it is rich in calcium, it prevents dental decay as it is low in sugar ie milk sugar lactose compared to other milk products. So cheese can protect your teeth by fighting cavities. The proteins present too help to prevent plaque preventing dental caries.
  • Bone health is very important for all ages especially in children. Cheese helps in maintaining the strength and density of bones. If the diet in poor in calcium, then calcium from the bones is required for maintaining normal blood calcium levels. Hence you need to have an optimum intake of calcium for healthy bones.
  • Many stay away from cheese because of its fat content, but actually cheese helps to prevent weight gain. Firstly it is nutritionally rich, hence will help in fat burning. Calcium in cheese helps in fat burning process.If you are exercising daily, then you need not worry about the fat content. Remember you do need some fat and you are getting it from natural sources. But you can still opt for low fat cheeses if you have a high body fat content.
  • It is rich in Vitamin B12 which most of the vegetarians are deficient in and helps to prevent pernicious anemia. The B12 content increases on fermentation and to make cheese, you need ten times its equivalent of milk, hence you can see why it is nutritionally dense when compared to other milk products.
  • It prevents osteoporosis. Hence if diets are rich in calcium from the younger ages, most of the bone diseases can be kept at bay. Hence eating cheese is very beneficial.
  • Cheese helps in preventing cancers of the colon and breast.
  • Cheese is a boon for lactose intolerant. If you opt for aged or hard cheese, it has very low levels of lactose. Hence it can provide calcium and minerals in high amounts to those who suffer from lactose tolerance.
  • The zinc content in cheese prevents acne. So you dont need to avoid milk products as they infact help to reduce acne.
  • Being nutritionally dense, it helps in the absorption of various nutrients.

Now how do you eat cheese? Cheese can be had as a snack at any time during the day. You can pick up cheese singles or cubes. These can be stored with out refrigeration for some time. Hence you can carry it around in your pocket or bag. Toddlers can be given cheese as a snack.

For children, cheese can be placed over bread, wheat roti etc.

The harmful forms of cheese come when they are added in burgers and pizzas. These foods are heated at high temperatures, hence can result in chemical changes in the fat content of cheese. Plus these food have white bread, fat coming from deep fried patties or chicken or meat chunks on pizza which is very harmful.

Pasta too have a lot of cheese on it plus they are drizzled with a lot of oil be it olive or any oil.

These food are already high in calories and hence we blame poor cheese for the high calorie content. Cheese coming from cheese popcorn, chips or cheeslings are not the kind of cheese we need.

Lets not get cheesy about cheese. There are a lot of low fat options available in the market to choose from. So, Say cheeeesee!!!!