Snacking on chocolate could help fight weight gain!

We've been so busy of late that keeping up to date with news stories has been a bit hit and miss. But this one did catch our attention quite quickly. A new study suggests that snacking on chocolate could help fight weight gain!

The study conducted by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, reviewed the chocolate consumption of 1000 healthy men and women, along with the rest of their diet and physical exercise. The surprising result is that those who ate more chocolate had a lower BMI (Body Mass Index), which is a measure of body fat content. The researchers reported that eating “chocolate five times a week was associated with a decrease in BMI of 1 kg/m2”.

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Dr David Katz, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center, said “We have strong evidence of net cardiovascular benefit from routine intake of moderate amounts of dark chocolate.

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The researchers have suggested that the reason for lowering BMI might be due to the high concentration of epicatechin, a flavonoid found in cocoa (cacao), tea, blueberries and grapes.
Epicatechin from cocoa causes greater control over food urges and is more satisfying than other treats,” said Dr. Peter McCullough, a cardiologist at St. John Providence Health in Warren, Mich. “Higher cocoa chocolate is relatively low in sugar and the fatty acid in chocolate products is probably not as worrisome as other fats. On the whole, a little superior quality chocolate is good to add to the diet of those trying to lose weight.

This is yet more good news for chocolate lovers, but unlike previous studies that suggest dark chocolate can lower blood pressure, bad cholesterol and even the risk of diabetes. This study, did not distinguish between dark and milk chocolate.

Even more telling is that none of the studies take in to account the additional health benefits of eating raw chocolate, which we at Elements for Life know all about.

Obviously, the study is small and there's probably lots of factors involved for each individual, but it's yet another bit of research to come out that is giving the thumbs up to chocolate. Now if only they would start looking at the really good stuff, ie raw chocolate made from raw cacao without the addition of dairy, refined sugars and other junk!

We particulalrly love this comment from Dr Katz when he said “What is clear is that dark chocolate stands out as an example of a food we love that has considerable potential to love us back."

We couldn't agree more!

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