Many of us feel guilty after eating Chocolate. The devil like thought of having a chocolate and specially a rattled our diet conscious soul. After all, we tend to believe that it is completely unhealthy and makes us fat.We are the bearer of good news for sure. Thank us later readers. A recent study, however suggested that eating chocolate reduces Body fat considerably. Well, this of course injected a lot of excitement for both ‘Chocoholics’ and health enthusiasts. For sure, this may seem like a dream come true for people who love chocolate, but wait giving that wicked smile you should dig a little bit. Ready?
Eating Chocolate is associated with Less Body Fat: Study suggested consuming chocolate lowers BMI (body mass index). Kids or adults who eat higher amounts of Chocolate will have less abdominal fat. Normal waist or obese woman (woman with a normal BMI but with excessive body fat) if consumes 70% cocoa or 100 grams of dark chocolate will not only cut the fat but it will add few benefits to your health. Levels of HDL “good cholesterol” increased, while total cholesterol/HDL and LDL/HDL cholesterol ratios decreased. In addition, a measure of inflammation called interleukin-1 receptor antagonist decreased. Pretty interesting, isn’t it.
Can you go Nuts with Chocolate? This doesn’t mean that you can just indulge endless without any further regrets. No not at all. Chocolate is a calorically dense food, when consumed in moderate amount. It can be a ‘dose’ for your unwanted tummy about one ounce daily.
How to Find the healthy one: Go for dark chocolate and make sure it’s at least 70% cocoa. Milk chocolate, for example, is definitely not the best choice. Milk proteins can bind to the antioxidants in chocolate.
Also go for the sugar content! You don’t want to eat dark chocolate that’s loaded with sugar that defeats the purpose. Luckily, there are brands out there that use stevia or xylitol which are healthy sugar alternatives. Xylitol for example, is a natural sweetener found in fruits and vegetables. Compared to table sugar, it does not cause sharp blood sugar spikes, and it even protects against cavities and tooth decay.
Enjoy what you love the most. But try to add a small portion of chocolate to your diet.
- Look for dark chocolate that contains at least 70 per cent cocoa solids. Just keep a check the greater the percentage of cocoa solids, the more flavonoids.
- Enjoy a small square of dark chocolate after lunch to help curb sweet cravings later in the afternoon.
- For a healthy dessert, dip strawberries in melted dark chocolate.
- Bake with unsweetened, dark chocolate. Add a little chopped dark chocolate to muffins, loaves, and cookies.
- For a breakfast treat, add small pieces of dark chocolate to pancake.