I'll start off by saying I hope to god it's true that chocolate-eating somehow makes you healthier.
Then I'll be a wet blanket by saying that for every thing you can study that's been studied multiple times, you can find individual studies that will give an answer on either side (ie. there will be studies that say chocolate eaters are healthier, studies that say chocolate eaters are no different from non-chocolate-eaters, and studies that say chocolate eaters are less healthy). So, without more studies on the same topic to corroborate (or not corroborate) the findings, it's hard to say what the truth is. Add to all this that nutrition studies are notoriously hard to conduct!
But, still hope it's true. Either way, I will continue my positive relationship with chocolate!
People who eat chocolate often tend to weigh less than those who don't. Of course everything is in moderation. DARK CHOCOLATE that is 86% cocoa is the best and dark also can lower blood pressure because it has plant phenols. Dark also has antioxidants. Just rem ember to eat two squares and not over due to balance your calories. There was a study done in Denmark, 2008 edition of Science Daily found that dark chocolate, compared to milk chocolate, was more filling and also lessened cravings for unhealthy foods. DARK CHOCOLATE CAN EVEN HELP REDUCE STRESS.
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217 3/31/12 10:10 A
Actually major obesity doctors questioned that paper and not seen as a health food item. Just enjoy in moderation anyway.
@KDC011, I saw that news story, too. They also went on to say that the study was *not* funded by the chocolate industry. And people who consumed chocolate everyday didn't necessarily eat less (and may have even consumed more calories) than the other study members that didn't
And I have a chocolate cupcake from Georgetown Cupcake that is calling my name.
Others already commented that they generally mean dark chocolate when they're referring to health. For my chocolate cravings, I find that the aroma actually does a lot to help satisfy them. Trader Joe's sells individual size valrhona bars, and they smell AMAZING. I'll break off a square after lunch and savor it.
On the news yesterday they were saying that there was a research study done that showed chocolate eaters had smaller waist lines than those who didn't eat chocolate. It said the chocolate eaters used ate chocolate almost everyday (although not a super amount of it) and that there was no dependence on the type of chocolate. (I realize that dark chocolate is better for you than milk myself though). Seemed odd to me that it didn't matter what type in the study.
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1,939 3/28/12 10:45 A
Anarie, you have excellent points!
I have a massive sweet tooth, that is still present but smaller because of the way I now eat. But.....when I used to get a sugar craving, I would down a box of Ding Dongs or three bowls of Captain Crunch cereal whereas now I will go for an ounce or two of dark chocolate or an Atkins bar. The dark chocolate is just so strong in terms of chocolate flavor that it helps control the sugar beast inside of me! Big calorie, big sugar and big health difference!
Just remember that "they" are usually looking at TINY amounts. I read a study that showed that mice who were fed some of the antioxidants that are found in chocolate and then set loose on an exercise wheel ran 20-25% longer than mice who weren't, and when I read the actual study, if you translate it to human size they used the amount that we would get from about 7grams of dark chocolate. That's 1/4 of an ounce-- literally just a bite.
(I've tried eating a tiny bit of chocolate during my warmup before a run, and I think it might not be total BS! And it's made me set a rule that I can only have chocolate if I'm on my way out to run, so if I'm craving chocolate, it DOES make me run more. Not the way the researchers meant, but still...)
Probably, the reason that people who eat chocolate are sometimes healthier than people who don't is that they're eating the chocolate in place of something unhealthy that the others are eating. Just adding chocolate to your diet isn't likely to do the trick, but if one little square of dark chocolate replaces a bowl of ice cream or a slice of pie, you're getting a lot less saturated fat and sugar.
Dark chocolate with a high cocao percentage, no hydgrogenated oils, minimal/no artificial additives (ex. you don't want a chocolate that used vanillin instead of vanilla extract), and preferably is fair-trade certified.
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1,939 3/27/12 10:37 A
Yep, look for the chocolate with the highest cacao content. And if it tastes like chalk, find a different one. My current favorite is Green And Black 86% Cacao(?) dark chocolate. I look for the lowest sugar and don't worry about the fat, but you may be different.
And be careful, there are a lot of dark chocolates out there that are no better than milk chocolate!
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217 3/27/12 10:35 A
How dark, what brand, ingredients, nuts, additives etc?
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