Lose Weight With Dark Chocolate


According to a study published by the British Medical Journal, dark chocolate—containing at least 60% of cocoa—has enough heart protecting effects that if eaten daily in small amounts it can help reduce heart attacks and strokes.

The leading cause of death in the U.S. and worldwide is heart disease. Dark chocolate, which comes from the cocoa tree, is one of the best antioxidants on the planet. Most of the world’s chocolate comes from Cocoa trees grown in Ecuador, Brazil, Ghana, Nigeria, and a few other places which make up what is called the chocolate belt or cocoa belt.

The anti-inflammatory properties of a couple bites of dark chocolate a day can help to lower our blood pressure. A key factor in developing type 2 diabetes is resistance to insulin—this unusual treat can improve our sensitivity to insulin as well.

But note that it is only dark chocolate with a high cocoa content that is healthful. Milk chocolate and white chocolate are not. The higher the cocoa content (60-85%), the more nutritious it is for us.

Dark chocolate also contains minerals our bodies use like iron, selenium, magnesium, copper, and potassium. Unlike very sweet chocolate which can trigger cravings for more, dark chocolate is more satisfying when eaten in small amounts, such as a bite or two a day.

Europeans and South Americans have traditionally been the largest consumers of dark chocolate. But if you are looking for new ways to reward yourself, try breaking off a bite or two of one of the many varieties of dark chocolate bars now on the market in the U.S. This dark surprise tastes good and is good for you!

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Katie McCormack

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