I am what you might call a chocoholic… But even though I’m devoted to the milk, white, and dark varieties I do try to enjoy it in moderation. I’ll have a piece after dinner a couple times a week, but I am human and if there’s a platter of brownies or a delicious chocolate cake at a party I rarely can say no.
But I don’t feel guilty, I exercise and eat well 95% of the time. And I’ve always read and been taught that dark chocolate, with a high cocoa content, has antioxidants which is a bonus while enjoying dessert!
Now there is even more research that chocolate consumed in moderation is linked to people with a lower body mass index, BMI, compared to people that never eat chocolate. Researchers aren’t sure the of the physiological reasons, why consuming something laden with sugar, fat, and calories would benefit our waistlines, but it does. They theorize it is due to the antioxidants and other compounds which can boost metabolism, which offsets the calories.
The study was conducted by Dr. Beatrice A. Golomb, an associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego. In Dr. Golomb’s study, published in Archives of Internal Medicine and financed by the National Institutes of Health, included about 1,000 adults and looked at data regarding exercise, amount and type of calories consumed, type of fats, and how their heath and weight correlated to their chocolate consumption. The average subject was middle-aged, exercised about three times a week, and ate chocolate about twice a week. There was no distinction made between the type of chocolate they ate, dark, milk or white.
So if you love chocolate or even if you don’t, you might want to consider a biweekly piece to satisfy your sweet tooth and flatten your belly!