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Melting Away the Chocolate Myths

Chocolate may be sweet, but it's got a pretty bad rap. You've heard that you'll break out or lose all your teeth if you eat too much of it, right? Before you return that box of chocolates your BF/GF gave you for Valentine's Day, get the real facts on chocolate right here.

Does It Cause Zits?

No, acne isn't caused by chocolate itself, but by the milk that it's mixed with. In fact, real chocolate, which is very bitter, contains antioxidants, which can actually help your skin look better.

Does It Cause Cavities?

No, foods that contain fermentable carbohydrates (FCs) are the nasty cavity-causing culprit. Although FCs are found in chocolate, the cocoa butter in chocolate coats the teeth, making it less likely to cause tooth decay. Chocolate may be high in sugar, but it melts quickly in your mouth, leaving little time for bacteria to attack your teeth and cause cavities. Plus, if you brush regularly, you won't have a problem!

Is It High in Caffeine?

No, the amount of caffeine in a piece of chocolate is a lot lower than a cup of coffee. A regular cup of coffee has 130-150 mg of caffeine, while an ounce of milk chocolate contains only 6 mg.

Does It Cause Heart Disease?

No, real chocolate can actually help prevent heart problems cuz it's high in cocoa butter, which reduces cholesterol. Real chocolate is also high in vitamins and minerals like iron, magnesium, calcium and potassium (found in bananas), which all help muscles, joints and nerves function normally.

Does It Cause Cancer?

No, dark chocolate is a great source of flavonoids, which contain antioxidants that protect you from toxic stuff in the environment like cigarette smoke. Scientists have found that dark chocolate has four times the antioxidants of green tea! Approximately 100 ml of tea (half a cup) contains 13.9 mg of catechins (an antioxidant that fights cancer), whereas 100 g of chocolate has 53.5 mg.

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BookWorm86
This is GREAT advice! Thx a lot StephRox!:) I have a younger brother & he can be EXASPERATING at times lol! Great advice!!:D
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Arenl
Arenl posted in Family Issues:
My little brother is annoying as ever, but I have to handle him. He is my brother after all.
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Arenl
Arenl posted in Family Issues:
@Sophieeee I definitely agree with you.
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Sophieeee
 Loosing a parent is hard, your dad knows that and I'm sure that he misses your mom just as much as you do. Whether you explain to him how you are feeling or not, you should know that your Dad will always love you and admitting to him how you feel isn't going to change that. Although it is completely understandable how you feel, you need to let your dad move one eventually. It's not fair to him if he has to spend the rest of his life alone. Even though you might not see it, its a good thin that your dad is finally feeling comfortable enough to date. It doesn't mean that he is letting go of your mom or that he will forget about her, it means that he is moving on with his life. You lost your mother and he lost the love of his life. Dating other people will probably start off being just as hard for him as it is for you. My advice is that you talk to your dad. Let him know how you feel in the most gentle and understanding way that you can. Don't flat out say that you don't want him dating anyone, tell him that you still miss your mom and its hard to see him with other people. Let me know how it goes, good luck. :)
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