Can dark chocolates help you lose fat
Who doesn’t love chocolates? Especially for those who love dark chocolate, what can be more interesting than the fact that it helps you reduce weight? A connection between dark chocolate and fat loss has been established. What’s more? It has various other important health benefits. So ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to say goodbye to the taboo and enjoy that brown mouthwatering slab of deliciousness!
Dark chocolate and weight loss
- Improved metabolism: Dark chocolate has a great influence on synthesis of fatty acids which leads to reduced absorption and digestion of carbohydrates and fats, according to a study conducted at Queen Margaret University. This will make you feel full. But you need to select a dark chocolate which is 70% dark, in other words, consists of 70% cocoa. Another research article that appeared in Nutrition found that kids who consumed chocolates are less obese!
- Controlled appetite: Leptin reduces the appetite whereas ghrelin does the opposite. If the body isn’t producing enough insulin, you will not be able to satisfy your hunger. Dark chocolate intake will decrease the resistance of insulin as well as ghrelin production in your body, indicates a study carried out in Netherlands. Half the group of the women who took part in the study smelled the chocolate and immediately, their levels of ghrelin dropped! The body mass index (BMI) of the people who consumed more chocolates, according to an article in Archives of International Medicine, was lower than those who did not.
- Increased encouragement to workout: When you eat chocolate magnesium and anti-inflammatory ingredients will lessen the body pain. In turn, this boosts your interest to exercise because it feels pleasant. Red wine with a small piece of dark chocolate acts as a pain killer.
- Healthy fat: There are certain essential healthy saturated fats in dark chocolate necessary for weight loss- stearic acid, oleic acid and palmitic acid. Stearic acid metabolizes into oleic acid which lowers the cholesterol.
- Enhanced sense of well-being: You tend to eat sometimes, to feel good. Polyphenols in dark chocolate, according to a study conducted by Swinburne University, increases contentment in people who eat dark chocolate often. Anandamide (the bliss chemical), is a lipid present in dark chocolate that is responsible for this.
Other health benefits of dark chocolate:
You see, chocolate is not as bad as people think it is! It has numerous health benefits other than weight loss effects. These are listed below.
- Not the sugary one, but dark chocolate containing at least 70% cocoa is very nutritious. It contains surplus amount of fiber, manganese, magnesium, copper, iron, zinc, selenium, potassium and phosphorous. Along with these minerals, it consists of fatty acids, caffeine and theobromine.
- It contains powerful antioxidants. Components like catechins, flavanols and polyphenols in dark chocolate fight against free radicals.
- Endothelium is stimulated by flavanols in dark chocolate, and nitric oxide is produced, which relaxes the arteries, reducing the blood flow as well as blood pressure.
- Raw cocoa powder can reduce oxidized LDL cholesterol, by raising HDL level in the body. LDL is bad cholesterol which damages tissues in arteries. Reducing insulin resistance is also one of the important functions of dark chocolate.
- Dark chocolate can protect your skin from UV rays as it contains flavanols. In a study conducted, MED (Minimal Erythermal Dose) increased more than twice after the participants consumed dark chocolate for 12 continuous weeks.
- Again, the flavanols present in dark chocolate increase blood flow to your brain. This helps in minimizing the risk of brain related issues like mental impairment etc.
Keep in mind that too much of anything is too bad. Chocolates available in markets are not healthy. They contain additives like sugar, flavours, cream etc. Chocolate contains calories and thus should be consumed in moderation. And you have to go for the one with more than 70% of cocoa. Make dark chocolate, a small part of your diet for the best of its good effects. Thus, it has not been given the amount of respect it deserves, right?