Chocolate...the Ultimate in Indulgence!
We have always heard that chocolate is bad for your skin and the word chocolate means, in general, bad skin- a cause for acne. Chocolate became synonymous for bad skin, is this true?
No there is no scientific evidence that chocolate causes acne or skin breakouts. But of course, overindulgence of any sweets or process foods is not good for your skin. It all comes down to quantity. Actually, chocolate has been found in moderate amounts to be quite healthy for you.
Is dark chocolate is actually good for you?
Although it seems too good to be true, dark chocolate can actually be good for your skin! When consumed in moderation, experts recommend sticking to no more than three ounces of the sweet stuff per day, dark chocolate has some powerful health benefits. Here are some major reasons to indulge in dark chocolate:
1. It can help prevent heart disease: Like tea, dark chocolate contains flavonoids, which are compounds that act as antioxidants. Flavonoids protect cells from harmful molecules—called free radicals—that are produced when the body breaks down food or is exposed to sunlight or smoke. Flavonoids can also lower blood pressure and reduce LDL by up to 10 percent.
2. It can improve your mood: Dark chocolate stimulates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that, bring on feelings of pleasure. It also contains the chemical serotonin, which acts as an anti-depressant.
3. It can protect your skin: It has been found that the flavonoids in dark chocolate absorb UV light, which help, protect and increase blood flow to the skin and improve skin’s hydration and complexion.
I will caution though for all of its health benefits, dark chocolate does contain a lot of calories. You can get unsweetened dark chocolate for those who are diabetics.
So the myth that chocolate causes acne is not true?
The potential acne-causing ingredient isn't cocoa or chocolate the problem is sugar and other high-glycemic foods that the body burns fast. Dark chocolate is actually a low-glycemic food. Even milk chocolate isn't all that bad, as long as you don't eat a whole box of chocolates.