Chocolate helps with weight loss
That at least is the surprising result of a study by the Institute of Diet and Health in Mainz, Germany. The study participants were divided into two groups and both ate the same low-carbohydrate diet. The participants of one group ate an additional 40 grams (1/3 cup) of dark chocolate daily. The result: Although the participants of the chocolate group consumed daily about 200 calories more (so many calories contain 40 grams of dark chocolate), they lost weight significantly faster and in addition were able to improve their blood values, like cholesterol. The Mainz scientists suspect that chocolate with a high cocoa content can be used as an accelerator in any diet. However, the reasons for this still have to be researched.
Although this news could cause cheering among chocolate lovers, these results should be considered soberly. On the one hand, what has been said does not apply to any chocolate, but only to that chocolate with a high cocoa content of at least 70 percent. On the other hand, chocolate has a relatively high calorie content and the limit at which the possible advantage turns into a disadvantage is quickly reached. However, if you ever feel like something sweet while losing weight, you no longer have to scold yourself. Now and then a piece of dark chocolate can even support weight loss.
Publiziert am von Dr. Barbara Hendel