Chocolates @ Christmas



Christmas is fast approaching. This is a time when you give and receive gifts. This is also the time when you gather around the Christmas fire and share wonderful moments with your loved ones. Chocolate then becomes your new best friend. I bet one of your gifts include chocolate; or maybe your prefer sipping hot chocolate on a cold Christmas night… how sweet!

Well, here is some good news for you: chocolate is good for your health!

Contrary to what many people say, chocolates do not aggravate acne. There were studies, one by the Pennsylvania School of Medicine and another by the U.S. Naval Academy which showed that eating chocolate has not relation to acne. Acne is not primarily linked to diet.

It was also found out that Chocolates are not related to cavities and tooth decay. In fact, cocoa butter is good for the teeth! Cocoa butter coats teeth and may help protect them by preventing plaque from forming.
And also, do you know that chocolates can lower the risk of heart disease?

Yes it can! Chocolates contain high levels of chemicals known as phenolics, some of which may help lower the risk of heart disease. Plants such as chocolate, coffee, tea and others contain high levels of phenolics. Phenolics are antioxidants which protect cells from damage and free radical injury. 

Phenolics prevent fat-like substances in the bloodstream from oxidizing and clogging the arteries. Atherosclerosis, or the formation of plaque in the arteries, is caused by oxidation of LDL (low-density lipoproteins). At first, this leads to subtle damage, and then eventually to the formation of advanced plaque. The buildup of plaque can lead to clogging of the arteries, a major cause of heart attacks.

Given these data, care for a bite of chocolate?

More Christmas health stories coming up, so stay tuned!

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5 comments:

  1. Bridget said...:

    This is true. I have read and watched several documentary explaining how healthy chocolate is especially the dark ones. But as they say, too much of something is bad. Too much chocolate may give you diabetes.

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  1. It is true. It is the artificial sugar found in chocolates that was causing the tooth to decay. Cocoa is good for the teeth.

  1. Scott said...:

    Not everything that is made out to be bad is indeed bad. But too much sweets in the holiday season is certainly bad.

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  1. I personally think that too much of anything is bad. Remember to always eat in moderation.

  1. Maylie J said...:

    Sweets can really damage our teeth but eating those that are healthier can be a good alternative. It is fine to eat some on special occasions but too much is not just right. Dentists Sydney City

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