Category: Nutrition

Why Chocolate’s Not the Culprit We Thought it Was

excited woman eating chocolateDo you worry about gaining weight, developing acne, or rotting your teeth every time you bite into a delicious bar of chocolate? Myths abound about the long-loved treat, most of which paint the picture that chocolate is too good to be anything but bad for your oral and overall health. The truth, however, is that plenty of research has shown chocolate might prove more beneficial to your teeth, and your health, than at first believed—good news to those who have trouble putting chocolate down.

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Things You Probably Don’t Know About Chocolate

enjoying a piece of chocolateIf you enjoy the occasional bar or three of chocolate, then you’ll probably be excited to learn that occasionally eating the sweet, decadent treat can actually benefit your oral and overall health. Chocolate contains many biological compounds, such as flavonoids and tannins that produce powerful antibacterial agents to help control the gathering of harmful oral bacteria. To celebrate the good news, West Des Moines dentist Dr. Jessica Johnson explores interesting facts that you may not know about chocolate.

Interesting Chocolate Facts

  • More good news: Chocolate grows on trees! The sweet treat is derived from the beans of the cacao tree, which is native to Mexico, Central, and South America. The scientific name for the tree, or Theobroma Cacao, is Greek for, “food of the gods.”

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