There are myths about the consumption of chocolate that should be denied and that you should know. Next, we will explain some myths based on studies by the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) of Spain. But before we begin, let’s know some interesting facts about chocolate:

This natural product is composed of several substances, among which caffeine and theobromine arewhich are central nervous system stimulants, a fact that explains for itself because we feel temporarily with more energy when we consume chocolate.

But, just as it is good that we feel energized, it should be borne in mind that if excessive amounts are consumed, you can run the risk of suffering from nervousness or tachycardia episodes; therefore, it should be taken into account that according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), approximately up to 400 mg of caffeine can be consumed per day because there would be no risk in the case of healthy adults.

Also, consider that 100 grams of milk chocolate only contain about 20 mg of caffeine, while this same amount of dark chocolate 60 – 69% cocoa has 64 mg of caffeine, which is a normal consumption and is not a problem. Having presented these data, let’s start with the myths:

Chocolate is not addictive or antidepressant: It is generally said that this tasty product has antidepressant properties because it has molecules such as phenylethylamine, anandamine or tryptophan that confer said power, but this has not been fully demonstrated. What is true is its ability to make us feel more energized, with a feeling of comfort and pleasure, and this happens because the consumption of chocolate increases the secretion of serotonin, which generates satisfaction.

Benefits for the heart: Nor has it been scientifically proven that consuming chocolate brings benefits to this organ because there is no evidence that flavonoids that are part of the cocoa solids generate such benefits.

Chocolate causes acne: This myth is totally false because no evidence has been found yet to prove that any type of food or product has the ability to improve or worsen acne; and rather it is argued that it is due to a disorder of the glands, in addition to factors such as hormonal disorders, inheritance, the menstrual cycle, the consumption of some medications, certain cosmetics, excess moisture or heat; so you should not listen to that statement that everyone repeats.

Whitish chocolate cannot be eaten: This affirmation of the consumption of chocolate is false, and it may have lost its shine and become whitish or grayish if it has not been properly preserved, but it is only a matter of its appearance and texture, since it is still suitable for consumption.

The formation of sugar crystals or fatty substances is the cause of chocolate to get that aspect which may be because it was stored in a place with a lot of humidity, a reason why the sugar comes to the surface, crystallizes and a film is formed, which makes it look whitish. To avoid it, it is recommended storing in dry, airy places, protected from light at a temperature between 18 and 20 ˚C.

Chocolate causes an increase in LDL cholesterol: This is another lie about the consumption of chocolate because according to some research in this regard, this product could not cause an increase in blood cholesterol due to the specific type of fat it contains; and on the contrary, it is considered that it may help reduce cholesterol levels; therefore, the extra dark product is recommended since it has a high content of cocoa polyphenols.

Chocolate causes tooth decay: This myth is false because what causes tooth decay is the sugar contained in all processed products; in fact, in a study conducted at Osaka University, Japan, it has been shown that chocolate prevents the formation of plaques and tooth decay.

Chocolate makes you gain weight: The consumption of chocolate in reasonable quantities does not cause any weight gain since this depends on eating habits and of other factors. There are studies that have shown that it helps in the process of weight loss since it contains a substance called catechism, which speeds up the body’s metabolism.

Chocolate increases stress: This is another lie about the consumption of chocolate; on the contrary, it can favor the reduction of stress levels by consuming it once a day for two weeks and thus to achieve the reduction of production levels of stress hormones.

Chocolate lacks beneficial nutrients: This is completely false since dark chocolate contains a high cocoa content. It contains mineral salts, vegetable fibers and is rich in polyphenols, which are antioxidants that provide an amount similar to two cups of green tea or a glass of red wine.

Chocolate is an aphrodisiac: This is also false, and although the Aztecs were probably the first to believe this, this has not been scientifically proven yet; but it is true that the consumption of chocolate and cocoa can improve mood and reduce stress, which favors sexual intercourse; hence the custom of some people to consume them before the sexual act.

In conclusion, the consumption of chocolate can bring health benefits, as long as you eat it in moderation and select types that do not have much sugar but have more cocoa.