MYTH. Chocolate does not cause acne. (Find out where this myth originated)
There has always been a lot of speculation about what causes people to have acne on their skin. Everything from French fries to smoking has been said to cause consumers to have acne. Probably most common, though, is the proclamation that chocolate causes people to have pimples. However, is there any truth to this statement? To give the simple answer: No. Chocolate cannot cause acne and this is completely a myth.
How then, did this myth come about and what actually causes acne? Acne is caused by hormone changes and dead skin cells that become lodged in the pores of the body. It is not caused by certain foods that a person eats. However, if a person has a poor diet and does not eat a balanced level of proteins, vegetables, and fruits, then their likelihood to have poor skin health also increases. The myth about chocolate began because of the higher fat content in chocolate. However, it has no effect on whether or not a person develops acne.
In fact, there are studies that show that dark chocolate, when consumed in moderation, is healthy for a person. Dark chocolate contains flavonoids. Flavonoids are an antioxidant that helps lower one’s cholesterol. By consuming in moderation, along with a healthy diet and exercise, one can lower their chances for heart disease in the future. Also, it has been found that when a person eats chocolate, phenyl-ethylamine is released which increases one’s levels of dopamine. Dopamine is what stimulates the pleasure centers of one’s brain. This being said, it has been linked that chocolate can increase one’s sexual desire and fulfillment when consumed.
One should not be afraid to consume chocolate, thinking that it will cause them to have bad skin. This myth is simply just not true. In fact, it can benefit one’s health and provide positive results.