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life is like a box of chocolates

chocolate… the sweet truth

with valentine’s day around the corner, this sweet treat is the go-to for gifts. however, there seems to be a lot of accusations about chocolate lately. is it healthy or unhealthy? it’s time to break those myths and get down to the rich, sweet, luxurious core of what is true and what is actually false

take the test: fact or fiction

chocolate….

is high in caffeine?

fiction: chocolate certainly can perk you up, however it does not contain as much caffeine as you think. 1.4oz of chocolate or a 8oz glass of chocolate milk contains only 6mg of caffeine, which is the same as a cup of decaffeinated coffee

regular coffee contains about 65-135mg of caffeine

causes acne?

fiction: don’t let your parents fool you. studies in the past 20 years have eliminated chocolate as a trigger for acne. in fact, dermatologists highly doubt that diet may even play a part in the development in acne as a whole

lowers the risk of heart disease?

fact: the compounds in dark chocolate help to fight bad cholesterol, lower your risk of heart attack, stroke, and heart failure.

causes cavities?

fiction: chocolate actually has less of an effect on dental plaque than pure table sugar. dark chocolate contains theobromine, which has been proven to harden tooth enamel. fighting cavities never tasted so good

in a study from Osaka Un. in Japan, they found that parts of the cocoa bean can actually fight mouth bacteria and tooth decay

can cause added stress?

fiction: studies found that eating just an ounce and a half of dark chocolate a day for two weeks reduced levels of stress hormones in those who experienced high stress levels. dark chocolate contains serotonin,  a natural antidepressant, as well as stimulating endorphins to create that feeling of being happy

improves brain function?

fact: dark chocolate improves blood flow to the brain believe it or not! the flavonoids in chocolate have been shown to improve blood flow to your brain. this gives “one smart (chocolate-chip) cookie” a whole new meaning

can cause weight gain?

fact and fiction: just like anything else, over eating any type of food can cause weight gain. however, an average chocolate bar contains 220 calories, which is low enough to be included into a weight controlled diet. since dark chocolate is full of healthy fats you can bump up your metabolism to burn fat and calories

eating the occasional piece of chocolate may actually reduce sever binging, which can happen from depravation of your favorite foods

so how did you do?

who would have thought that this sweet treat could be so beneficial to our health?

12 grams of organic chocolate each day can lead to multiple health benefits and with nutritional facts like these who could resist

  • magnesium: prevents type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease
  • prevents iron deficiency, which can cause anemia
  • copper: prevents stroke and cardiovascular ailments
  • contains maganese, fiber,, selenium, phosphorous, and potassium
  • contains 8x the antioxidants found in strawberries

types of chocolate

unsweetened chocolate

  • commonly used in baking and referred to as “pure, dark, or bittersweet” and contains at least 35% of chocolate liquor

did you know there is really no difference between bittersweet and semi-sweet

milk chocolate

  • contains 10% of chocolate liquor with cocoa butter, sugar, 12% milk, cream, or milk powder added

white chocolate

  • has at least 20% cocoa butter and 14% milk with sugar added in various amounts

technically, it is not considered a type of chocolate since it does not contain chocolate liquor

dairy free | sugar free chocolate

  • these low milk and low sugar content chocolates are perfect for those who are diabetic, lacose intolerant,
    vegan, or anyone who is on a specific diet

great for a sweet tooth fix without the added sugar and dairy!

how about something interesting and fun  

bodhi. by anthony monetti and teylev present

be my valentine: yoga & tea party

saturday, february 11

10a-11a

Teylev | 37 West Main Street, Somerville

singles & couples welcome

join us for yoga followed by a

tea party and conversation

non-members

$20 yoga + tea

bring your own mat

*mat rentals available for $1

 reserve your spot now

schedule here

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