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Dark Chocolate is Better for Your Weight Loss Than Milk Chocolate

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Dark chocolate is better for your weight loss than milk chocolate

Is it too good to be true? Not really. There is a type of chocolate that actually provides healthy support for the cardiovascular system, which helps to promote healthy weight loss. It seems the biggest debate is dark chocolate versus milk chocolate. The result is the darker the chocolate, the better it is for your health. This is because there are more flavonoids, or antioxidants, in dark chocolate. The darker the chocolate, the healthier it is. Dark chocolate contains four times as many flavonoids than milk chocolate (3). The milk found in milk chocolate inhibits the absorption of flavonoids in the intestines. White chocolate falls in the same milk chocolate category when it comes to healthy benefits. Chocolate found in candy bars contain refined sugar, corn syrup, additives, milk products, and chemical flavorings. White chocolate doesn't contain any flavonoids (3). An encouraging 18-weeek study showed that all participants who ate dark chocolate showed visible blood pressure reduction (2)!

The science behind it

It's believed the cocoa polyphenols in dark chocolate are responsible for increased circulation in S-nitrosogluathione, a vasodilator chemical, that is responsible in widening the blood vessels to increase blood flow. Dark chocolate is also shown to lower high blood pressure when eaten on a daily basis for 18 weeks (2). The flavonoids, or antioxidants, found in cocoa is the same flavonoids and antioxidants found in bran, green tea, fruits, and vegetables. You should think about the source of your antioxidants. True, dark chocolate may be tastier, but the other choices offer the same amount of antioxidants without extra calories. And if weight loss is your goal, you've probably made your choice.

Some guidelines to find the best chocolate for your weight loss

  1. The cocoa content should be at least 70% for optimal benefits (1).
  2. The fat content shouldn't contain coconut oil, palm oil, or milk fat. You want the cocoa butter because it helps neutralize cholesterol's effect. Saturated fats raise the bad cholesterol level. Omitting saturated fats will also help your weight loss attempts.
  3. The caloric content should be a reminder that even dark chocolate should be eaten in moderation.The recommended amount of 6.3 grams is widely accepted (2).
  4. Don't forget eating too much dark chocolate could possibly lead to unwanted weight gain. Excessive chocolate can neutralize potential health benefits, too. Limiting your dark chocolate consumption will make it more of a treat throughout the week.

The bottom line

While dark chocolate may or may not actually promote weight gain, it's still better than milk chocolate or white chocolate. As with anything, moderation is always the key. Enjoy your dark chocolate treats and eat the foods that are going to promote weight loss faster for you. Dark chocolate in moderation and weight loss. It doesn't get much better than this.

Sources: (1) http://health.yahoo.com/experts/joybauernutrition/14179/dark-chocolate-101 (2) http://fanaticcook.blogspot.com/2007/07/small-daily-dose-of-dark-chocolate.html (3) http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/health/chocolate.html

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