Chocolate Myths


The Myths

Tooth decay
Chocolate has always had the reputation for causing tooth decay because of the high sugar content. However, research shows that there is no link between eating chocolate and tooth decay. In fact cocoa naturally contains fluoride and cocoa butter forms a coating over the teeth that protects against bacteria. Milk and white chocolate are also a good source of calcium and have been said to contain more than a glass of milk. However care should be taken with chocolate that contains a higher proportion of sugar, such as white chocolate.

Eating chocolate has also been linked to giving you acne. However the American Dietary Association and the American Academy of Dermatology currently discount any link. To ensure that your skin is healthy, it is important to drink plenty of water and ensure that you are eating a balanced diet. There is no evidence to suggest that good chocolate shouldn't be part of a balanced diet.

An aphrodisiac
Chocolate has a mysterious past, and anything shrouded in mystery is perceived as romantic! It’s history stems from the Mexicans and the Aztecs, who themselves were considered passionate and amorous. When the Spaniards learnt about chocolate they kept the recipe locked up by monks to keep it a secret from the rest of Europe. Finally when the cocoa bean and chocolate made it over to England it was regarded as something only for the rich and the elite. It was considered that something so precious and expensive, like diamonds, were a sure sign of a mans love for a women. Giving a sweetheart a gift of chocolate is a familiar courtship ritual.

Throughout chocolate’s history suggestions have been made that chocolate can act as a mild sexual stimulant - Even Casanova himself is said to have consumed chocolate to boost his sexual prowess! These could have been substantiated because of the mood lifting chemical PEA and the energy boosting caffeine and theobromine - however there is no firm evidence to support these claims