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Science Case Study "Chocolate Good or Bad"

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My Chocolate Case study Is Chocolate Good for you?? Content Introduction Page 3 Chocolate is Good for You Page 4 Chocolate is Bad for You Page 7 Conclusion Page 10 Bibliography Page 11 Introduction According to the statistics even during recession chocolate manufacturers can reach profit increase of 30% as consumers turn to chocolate treat in difficult times. Because chocolate is also my favourite comfort treat, in this case study I will research good and bad ways in which chocolate can affect our health. Chocolate is a confection made from cacao beans (picture above), the seeds of the cacao plant. It is a mixture of cocoa paste, cocoa butter, and sugar. There are a large number of chocolate products on the market, from powdered cocoa for making drinks to white chocolate. NUTRITIONAL FACTS Milk White Dark Serving Size 1oz.-28.6g 1oz.-28.6g 1oz.-28.6g Calories 157 162 150 Protein 1.7g 2g 1.7g Total Fat 10g 10.58g 10g Saturated Fat 6g 6.57g 6g Cholesterol 5g 8.58g 0.28g Fibre 0.57g 0 3.14g Carbohydrate 15.44g 14.87g 13.15g Sugars 15.15g 14.87g 12.58g Sodium 26.8mg 31mg 29.5mg Potassium 98mg 97mg 153mg Calcium 52mg 78mg 9.1mg Vitamin E 128mg 147mg 102.49mg Riboflavin 84mg 118mg 32.3mg Chocolate is good for you Chocolate could be beneficial for our health in many ways. Dark chocolate can help stop blood clots and prevent potentially fatal diseases like stroke or heart attack. This theory has been proved by a series of experiments carried out on large number of people. ...read more.


Chocolate has also not been proven to form cavities. Scientists say that the cocoa beans that chocolate contain can actually protect your teeth from rotting. Eating chocolate 3 times a month can actually lengthen your life It seems that eating chocolate can be tempting and fun way to make your body healthier. To sum up: eating chocolate in the right amounts helps to prevent high blood pressure, increases blood flow; it also prevents fat-like substances from oxidizing and clogging arteries and in consequence protects us from heart diseases and strokes. Chocolate is also believed to improve your skin condition and lengthen your life. In this place I think it is worth mentioning that white chocolate isn't actually chocolate because it does not contain whole fat cocoa solids and they are sometimes even made with vegetable oil Chocolate is bad for you Even knowing that chocolate is tasty and for many of us is a really nice and comforting treat, it has been proven that it is not good for you. Chocolate causes people to get hypoactive because of the amount of sugar added into the mixture. Another bad thing is that chocolate is highly addictive. A recent research has said that chocolate has similar to marijuana effect on people which makes them taking one square and then immediately longing for another one. Moreover, chocolate can cause headaches in migraine sufferers and eaten in larger amounts can also contradict to weight increase. ...read more.


The bigger benefits of this sweet treat are of course heart disease prevention and the smoothing blood flow in arteries. However what I get worried about when reading all this new discoveries, is that now people will start to buy a lot of chocolate and eat massive amounts of it, thinking that through lot of chocolate they will make themselves healthier, when actually it will be the complete opposite. I have to confess that on this subject I agree with Dr. Sarah Brewer who says that all in all, it seems that, as part of a balanced diet, we might all benefit from eating 100g chocolate per day - but make sure it is dark and expensive! There are couple of ways in which you can ensure that chocolate is beneficial for you: * Eat it after a meal when you are full and less likely to over-indulge. * Eating chocolate after a meal means you can clean teeth and floss soon afterwards - perhaps with chocolate flavoured toothpaste to prolong the pleasure! * Buy small-sized bars, not family-sized slabs. * Eat with fresh fruit - the renewed craze for chocolate fondues makes this simplicity itself. * Let chocolate rest in your mouth for long enough to melt and coat your taste buds and the roof of your mouth to experience the full range of flavours and textures. This will prevent you from wanting more chocolate right after swallowing the first piece. * Learn to savour the lingering memory of each bite before immediately devouring the next. ...read more.

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