Isn’t it wonderful when negative myths about things we love prove false and we can indulge?
A perfect example of that is devouring delicious chocolate which in circles claimed that it causes big pimples to sprout upon your young face.
Well it appears that is false.
Why do we love chocolate so much? Many reasons.
In discussing this subject with a professor of psychology and neuroscience, Dr. Amy Jo Stavnezer, the informative site Psychology Today relates, “We crave chocolate because it is good! It tastes good. It smells good. It feels good when it melts on our tongue. And all of those ‘feelings’ are the result of our brain releasing chemicals in response to each chocolate experience. The experience of eating chocolate results in feel good neurotransmitters (mainly dopamine) being released in particular brain regions (frontal lobe, hippocampus and hypothalamus.”
In balance let’s look at the reasons why you can love chocolate.
Acne Pimples and Chocolate – Is There a Correlation?
By V Montague
Many young adults or teenagers associate eating chocolate with acne outbreaks. If you are around young women who have a penchant for consuming chocolate and have an acne problem they will tell you that as soon as they eat chocolate they can guarantee a breakout the following day or the day after. This has led to myths that draw correlations where there are none. For instance one popular myth among teens is that eating greasy foods like French fries causes your skin to produce more oil and sebum. Similarly the myth that eating chocolate leads to acne outbreaks has arisen due to faulty correlations. Truth be told it has never been proven that there is any direct link between any specific food to the development of pimples.
In study after study it has been found that there is no direct correlation between chocolate and zits but there is definitely a correlation between junk food that has a high glycemic index and acne outbreaks. 8 out of 10 people have had trouble with acne at some point in their life. It may have been as mild as a couple of blackheads or as severe as painful, pus-filled cysts. Hormonally driven sebum production excesses is what typically causes acne outbreaks in teenagers but food choices have a great deal to do with the severity or lack thereof of the particular outbreak.
There are some theories proposed by nutritionists on how diet may affect acne outbreaks. Excessive dairy product consumption in the form of milk itself and not just milk chocolate may also trigger increased sebum production because dairy products contain growth factors and hormones that may increase body hormones that affect sebum production. Although this has yet to be proved it is one working theory that nutritionists seem to be considering as far as teen acne breakouts is concerned. The other theory is that processed carbohydrates consumed later in life depresses our immune system and makes us more vulnerable to acne outbreaks. Many men and women consume a fair amount of gourmet chocolate later in life like Godiva chocolates and so may make this faulty correlation between chocolate and acne when in fact they should be looking at the sum total of their diet including things like coffee, cakes, ice cream, sugared breakfast cereals and even fruity yogurts. These types of foods will depress their immune system and give rise to inflammatory diseases like acne because of the increased production of insulin and related hormones.[adToAppearHere]
As far as chocolate goes some studies seem to show that dark chocolate may actually help improve acne symptoms. Chocolate that contains in excess of 70% cocoa solids has been known to be a rich source of anti-inflammatory antioxidants. Although these studies are inconclusive there has been no shortage of premium dark chocolate products claiming to clear up acne like the product Frutels. No doubt, as long as there is an appetite for chocolate there will always be nutritional claims that point to eating more of it as a good thing.[adToAppearHere]
Acne sufferers need not put their mouths on pause when considering a bite into a wonderful piece of chocolate. Chocolate is one of those wonderful foods that give women and men a serotonin lift that has been celebrated since chocolate was first discovered and people who suffer from acne are perhaps the most deserving of its psychological benefits. Learn more about acne treatment products and how to qualify such products and match them to your needs to discover the best acne treatment.
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