Big Candy boasts studies showing that those who eat chocolate weigh less than those who don’t, but what does the best science show?
Welcome back to my blog! This week I want to talk about CHOCOLATE. I eat it probably every day and want to defend its unhealthy image a bit. Hope you enjoy reading and leave me your favorite chocolate in the comments.
Legumes, beans, peas, and lentils are all seeds as well as cocoa and coffee beans. So, finding health-promoting effects in something like cocoa, or coffee, should not be all that surprising. There is substantial evidence that increased consumption of all these little plants is associated with lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
More than 10,000 people followed for six years, and a chocolate habit was associated with long-term weight gain, in a dose-response manner, meaning the greatest weight gain over time was seen in those with the highest frequency of chocolate intake. It appears that the reason the cross-sectional studies found the opposite is that subjects diagnosed with obesity-related illnesses tended to reduce their intake of things like chocolate in an attempt to improve their prognosis—explaining why heavier people may, on average, eat less chocolate.
And then the strongest type of evidence, an interventional trial, where you split people up into two groups, change half their diets and indeed, adding four squares of chocolate to people’s daily diets does appear to add a few pounds.
So, what should I recommend my clients? Because many cocoa products are high in sugar and saturated fat. But you can get the benefits of chocolate without any sugar or fat by, for example, adding cocoa powder to a smoothie, but too often milk-chocolate is consumed.
My favorite advice is dark chocolate. Anything above 65% of cocoa is great. The darker the better but also the more bitter it gets.
The lower the % of cocoa is, the more sugar and fat or artificial products are added to the chocolate. Dark chocolate may be something to get used to but I promise, after a few weeks, milk chocolate will taste extremely intense to you.
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