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Chocolate reduces the risk of stroke?

True. The consumption of chocolate is likely to reduce the risk of stroke. Some studies show that magnesium-rich foods such as cocoa are able to lower blood pressure.




Chocolate causes tooth decays

False. Chocolate is indeed a very sweet product: however, it does not cause more tooth decays than bread, potatoes or dried fruits. Moreover, chocolate has undeniable benefits: it contains tannins and fluorine, which slow the development of germs and improve the strength of tooth enamel.




Chocolate is an aphrodisiac

True and False. Even though this quality is often attributed to chocolate, no medical study has proven such allegation. This reputation originates from the 16th century, when chocolate contained many spices, which could cause copulative behaviors. However, it is also true that chocolate contains phenethylamine, caffeine, theobromine and serotonin, which are invigorating substances.




Chocolate might trigger acne

False. Despite what some might say, no study has ever positively related chocolate consumption and acne. Event dermatologists agree on this fact and confirm that only psychological factors can trigger acne.




Chocolate is fattening

False. Just like most other food products, excess consumption of chocolate can be fattening. When consumed in reasonable amounts, it will not have any impact on your weight.




Chocolate can cause constipation

False. Thanks to its fat and fiber content (15 g. of fibers /100 g. of dark chocolate), chocolate stimulates smooth muscle fibers of intestinal wall. Therefore, it cannot be a cause of constipation.

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There is more cocoa, the less sugar there ?

True. A high cocoa content has two main advantages : a more powerful taste of cocoa and a reduced rate of sugar. Hence the importance of carefully selected cocoa beans of good quality for a rich natural chocolate flavor.



Life expectancy

True. Chocolate contains antioxidants, which protect the human body against diseases such as cancer, and unsaturated fatty acids, which have a positive effect on the cardiovascular system.



Brain activity

True. Chocolate contains a number of substances such as caffeine, theobromine and phenethylamine, which are said to increase alertness and endurance limit, and to enhance intellectual performances.

A medical study by Le Quotidien du Médecin, performed in 2005, actually showed that consuming products such as chocolate during the morning was a way to counter a possible decrease of intellectual performances during the afternoon.




Mental health

True. Chocolate contains caffeine, anandamide and other substances known for their antidepressant effects. Moreover, consuming chocolate triggers secretion of endorphins, which have exhilarating effects. So there is no doubt about it: chocolate is good for mental health!

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European legislation imposes minimum cocoa ?

True. It imposes minimum cocoa for both dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate. According to its "quality" chocolate must contain at least 35% dry cocoa solids, 14% dry cocoa solids and 18% cocoa butter.