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Phil

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5-19-2010 2:55AM
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Hi,
I have heard many different things about chocolate and its nutritious value and negativity. What do you know? Can we eat it? Does it blow your diet?

Thanks,

Phil

Matt

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I've always heard that like most foods, good or bad, it's all about quantity. The health benefits of chocolate are typically negated when you consume too much. I've also heard that dark chocolate is healthier than milk chocolate. One interesting and ironic fact that I learned is chocolate contains Cacao, an antibacterial agent that fights against tooth decay. Of course this is usually counteracted by the high sugar content in milk chocolate. Dark chocolate contains more cacao and less sugar than milk chocolate. It follows that any health benefits would be more pronounced in dark chocolate.
Here's some interesting facts below:

What Chocolate Won't Do
There are many myths and half-truths about the effects of chocolate on the human body. Here are the latest findings on several of them.
* Studies show that chocolate is not a causative factor in acne.
* Cacao contains the stimulants caffeine and bromine, but in such small quantities that they don't cause nervous excitability.
* Chocolate is not addictive.
* Chocolate contains stearic acid, a neutral fat which doesn't raise bad cholesterol.
* Chocolate doesn't make you 'high'. You'd need to eat a huge quantity (about 25 pounds at one sitting) to feel any noticeable effect.

But On The Negative Side...
1. Chocolate may trigger headaches in migraine sufferers.
2. Milk chocolate is high in calories, saturated fat and sugar.

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Chris

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Dark chocolate vs Milk chocolate

This doesn't have to do with chocolate's effect on weight but I came across an interesting article that states:
selfgrowth.com wrote:Dark Chocolate has many antioxidants, the antioxidants known as polyphenols and catechins.

Milk Chocolate has no antioxidant activity due to milk binding the antioxidants. To take advantage of the antioxidant activity of chocolate you need to have 70% cocoa solids and no milk.

So it looks like to get the antioxidant benefits of chocolate you have to eat dark chocolate.

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Pretty much like anything, moderation is the key. I don't like chocolate much [ok, I'm weird. I know this.] except for White Chocolate.

One of my friends who is an addict [means adores the stuff and would eat for dinner if they could] solved their problem easily: First don't buy it in packages. Next when you want a piece, go to a GOOD chocolate shop or counter then buy a piece or two of the very best dark chocolate they have. Go and sit down and take your time eating this. That means feel the texture, slowly savor the taste. Focus on the chocolate and nothing else. End of craving.

I eat it when I combine it with a protein bar. I usually don't want chocolate. We won't discuss the White Chocolate Easter Bunny that's a once a year deal ok?

Most of the time, I want a candy bar. My solution is to have one but it has to be a fairly good protein bar so I don't waste the calories. My big addiction seems to be Genisoy Arctic Mint because at least I get 14 grams protein out of it and it seems like a candy bar to my senses.

Saying no has never worked for me when it comes to stuff I love to eat so we try to make as much trade off as possible by making it as healthy as possible.

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Cassandra

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I have a huge chocolate fetish lol!

My friend introduced me to this and I am loving them!!!!

http://mxi.myvoffice.com/kathleenregan/

I provided the website here let me know what you all think? This is my friends website. I just started them so we'll see in a couple of months how I feel and if the helped!

I'll keep you all updated!!

Take care
Hugs
Cassandra

Matt

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Thanks Cassandra!
 
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