Local physician debunks popular food myths

Fall begins a marathon of months often filled with unhealthy treats, but a number of favorite foods may have an unnecessarily bad reputation.
Dr. Asad Ansari, a pediatric pulmonologist and sleep medicine specialist with Beacon Medical Group in South Bend, says the impact of various food groups is not necessarily one-size-fits-all.

MYTH 1: Chocolate gives you acne.
Consuming chocolate does not mean your face will automatically break out in pimples.
“For most people, chocolate likely will not make a difference in their complexion,” Ansari said.
But if your teenager already suffers from acne, indulging in chocolate could worsen the skin condition for some adolescents. Teens should use the process of trial-and-error to figure out what foods exacerbate their acne, Ansari said, as opposed to completely eliminating something like chocolate from their diet.
That’s good news for anyone with a sweet tooth.

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