Weight Loss and Chocolate

Seriously? Chocolate helps with weight loss? It helps with weight loss in several ways. one way is by keeping  you from craving bad sugary foods. Not only does it help you not to crave bad sugars, but it also helps you to lose weight by causing your insulin to be more sensitive.

The main thing to look for when choosing this delicious treat? Be sure that it contains at least 72% cocoa mass. 80% is even better.

Make sure that it doesn't contain deadly partially hydrogenated oils or fats such as: shortening, margarine or canola oil.

Healthy Oils to look for are: coconut oil, butter,ghee, olive oil, and avocado oil.

Dark Chocolate vs. Milk Chocolate

72% or more, cacao(cocoa) dark chocolate contains less sugar than milk chocolate. Dark with 72% cocoa or more will not cause blood sugar spikes whereas milk chocolate  spikes blood sugar levels significantly. 72%+ dark chocolate allows for some stability in blood sugar levels  due to the high flavonoid content of cocoa. However, some dark chocolate may have unexpected higher amounts of sugar depending on brand so it is very important to read ingredient and nutrition labels.

Milk chocolate on the other hand is very high in sugar and/or sugar variants disguised as other trade names or industry names. Milk chocolate is known to cause extreme blood sugar spikes and weight gain, two factors that make it very unsafe for our overall health, and especially so for diabetics.

Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

When choosing this healthy treat you'll be providing your body with antioxidants. The higher amount of cocoa mass it contains(preferably 80% or more), the better it is for your health. The reason for this is that cocoa is rich in antioxidants, flavonoids, vitamins and minerals.

Vitamins and Minerals Found in Cocoa Beans

Cocoa beans contain vitamins, B 1, B 2, B 3, vitamin E and B 9. It also has a healthy supply of minerals such as, potassium, magnesium, calcium, copper and iron. The beans also contain mood boosters such as dopamine and serotonin. 

Bottom Line

Chocolate is a very healthy treat just as long as it's dark and consumed in moderation! It has many positive affects on the body and it is safe for diabetics due to the fact that it does not cause blood sugar spikes.

The higher the cocoa mass it contains the better it is for your weight and for your health. So when looking to have something sweet and delicious help yourself to some extra dark chocolate. And for an even extra weight loss punch pair it up with some dry red wine. For more on the health and weight loss benefits of red wine just click on the link.