Chocolate and weight loss? Is it really possible, or is it only folklore?

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Losing weight with chocolate? Separating myth from reality

This might be something that most think they would like to hear. Some experts are saying that chocolate may actually help you to maintain better health and lose weight. They even say it contains essential nutrients. But unfortunately for most, this chocolate is not what you are thinking of at all. It is the basic element of chocolate without the sugar, without the milk, without all the things that actually make it taste good. It is the element that may make you happy, but has become an acquired taste for most.

Raw cocoa powder, the element of this craze, literally grows on trees. Again, it has nothing added to the mix, and it is high in antioxidants as well. One Cornell study claims that its antioxidant level is twice that of red wine. And what is the ingredient that gives you that “happy feeling”, tryptophan, which raises your levels of serotonin.

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With all the antioxidants, raw chocolate can help your body to get rid of toxins and even improve cardiovascular health, reduce blood clots, and reduce strokes. It is also high in magnesium, which again may help to improve cardiovascular health.

All in all, one study showed that those eating 3.5oz of dark chocolate (the purest kind) on a daily basis for 2 weeks experienced a drop in bad cholesterol. In addition, blood pressure dropped and they became more sensitive to insulin, feeling full more quickly among other things. Additionally, with higher sensitivity to insulin, most may be less likely to develop diabetes. All in all, dark chocolate or the raw chocolate seems to provide various health benefits to the general obesity sufferer.

If you do not like the taste of raw chocolate, you can sweeten it with healthy sugars such as raw honey or xylitol. But otherwise, you would just be negating the possible health benefits. And if you love white chocolate, you should switch, because white chocolate has none of the possible health benefits at all.

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