Who doesn’t love the delicious, melt-in-your-mouth, balanced sweetness of chocolate? This treat is even more enjoyable when you know the truth about it. Here’s a look at some common chocolate myths and the facts behind them — this will really fuel your craving for the sweet stuff.
Myth #1: Eating chocolate gives you pimples.
This myth has been passed down for generations, but numerous studies have failed to prove that chocolate causes acne. So, eat up, and don’t worry about waking up to a breakout the next day.
Myth #2: Chocolate’s caffeine content will give you a coffee-like buzz.
Although chocolate does contain caffeine, it only has a small amount. The average 1.4 ounce chocolate bar, in fact, contains only as much caffeine as a cup of decaffeinated coffee. If you’re in search of a real buzz, try the Chocolate-Covered Coffee Bean Crunch from our collection of artisan foods from Hawaii. It comes in milk, white and dark chocolate varieties, and is made with real coffee beans for a true coffee kick.
Myth #3: Eating chocolate will raise your cholesterol level.
While chocolate is high in saturated fat, the type of saturated fat it contains, known as stearic acid, does not elevate your cholesterol in the same manner as other saturated fats. If you eat chocolate instead of other fatty snacks, like potato chips and ice cream, in fact, you may find that your cholesterol goes down.
Myth #4: Chocolate is an empty snack with no nutritional value.
Actually, chocolate is packed full of antioxidants to help boost your immune system. Chocolate-covered nuts, like our Chocolate Macadamia Nut Bark, are even more nutritious.
If you’re craving chocolate now, check out Hawaii’s Local Buzz for a delicious selection of chocolate, coffee, and other artisan foods from Hawaii.