How Chocolate Aids In Weight Loss (Really!)

Just yesterday we reported about powerful foods that can ward off those dreaded PMS symptoms, and today we find out that one of the go-t0 foods we crave during that time—chocolate!—can not only satisfy that urge for something sweet and decadent, it can actually help us lose weight, too.

According to a preliminary study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, the compounds found in polyphenols (antioxidant contained in chocolate) actually inhibit the key enzymes required to absorb and digest carbs and fats. They also promote a healthy metabolism, which further boosts our calorie-burning power. All of which is good news if you’re trying to shed a few pounds (or just want to enjoy your chocolate guilt-free).

We also reported recently that chocolate milk may help with fat burning and sports performance. This left me wondering: Does any type of chocolate have health benefits? Researchers don’t definitively say, but they do advise sticking with dark chocolate. It not only has more of these fat-burning compounds, but apparently those who indulge in the darker dessert eat 15% fewer calories and report fewer cravings for other go-to sweet, salty and fatty foods.

Darn. Hershey Kisses are my favorite, but they are definitely not dark.

What’s your favorite kind of chocolate?

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