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TRUE OR FALSE? Chocolate will make you break out.

, the Healing Kitchen staff
False. Contrary to popular belief, there is no scientific evidence that acne is affected by chocolate. Acne is connected more to changing hormones than to food choices.

Studies conducted at the University of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Naval Academy both demonstrated that chocolate does not cause acne.

At the University of Pennsylvania, subjects in a control group ate chocolate bars with no chocolate, but the bars resembled an actual chocolate bar and contained 28% vegetable fat, in order to imitate the fat content of cocoa butter and chocolate liquor in a real chocolate bar. A group of test subjects, similar in make up to the control group, were given chocolate bars with nearly 10 times as much chocolate liquor as a typical 1.4-ounce chocolate bar. Results of the experiment showed no significant difference in acne in the test group compared with the controls.

A study at the Naval Academy compared 80 midshipmen in similar living conditions. The subjects were divided into groups based on the severity of their acne. One group avoided chocolate for four weeks, while a matched group consumed at least three chocolate bars each day. After four weeks, the groups switched eating patterns. Results of the experiment were based on clinical observations and showed no significant difference in acne of either group.

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