For years, everyone has assumed that consuming chocolate must be fattening and bad for your health. However, recent research from 2 separate studies has shown that consuming moderate amounts of chocolate may well have health benefits along with better weight management. Consuming chocolate for weight loss may have been proven to be a fact. Too good to be true? Read on.
What is so good about chocolate?
Chocolate is one of those food substances that is extremely high in antioxidants, natural flavonoids, and phenolic acids. Other rich sources of these important nutrients include tea, cocoa, red wine, vegetables, nuts, berries, and fruits. According to the experts, those who consume a diet high in these foods rarely suffer from weight issues.
Scientists in Taiwan have unlocked the mystery between flavonoids, phenolic acids and fat burning. When these substances, which were derived naturally from plants, were combined with the fat cells from lab mice, the fat cells produced both less triglycerides and fat releasing enzymes. As we all know, triglycerides are the nasties that contribute to heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and obesity.
Consuming plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, along with green tea, hot chocolate, coffee, and red wine will not only protect against some forms of cancer, damage caused by free radicals, heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes, but it has now been proven to reduce bad cholesterol, help prevent metabolic syndrome, and assist with the prevention of obesity.
The health benefits of hot chocolate.
Another recent study at the Cornell University has shown that drinking hot chocolate can have up to 500% more antioxidants than black tea. Hot cocoa also contained more than 200% more antioxidants than the red wine Merlot and fresh green tea. Interestingly, hot cocoa contains far more antioxidants then the standard bar of chocolate.
Cocoa beans in the form of chocolate, and especially hot cocoa, have many health promoting benefits along with weight loss properties. However, a sensible weight loss diet is always going to include healthy serves of fresh fruits and vegetable, berries, and nuts, along with lean protein.
The health giving properties of antioxidants naturally derived from plants are enormous. Anti-aging, anti some forms of cancers, anti free radicals, reducing the risks of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Along with all these benefits scientists can now add to the list assistance with fat secreting enzymes and the production of triglycerides, allowing for better weight management. Your weight loss program no longer means having to skip the hot chocolates, cocoa, and the occasional small serve of chocolate. Mocha anyone?