Can you have too much of a good thing? Definitely, especially when we're talking about chocolate. However, the newest study has revealed that by eating a modest amount of dark chocolate, you can boost weight loss and enhance your health. Ready to bite into that bliss? Get the skinny on how much and how often here.
Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the study surveyed adults on questions ranging from how often they ate chocolate to their weight and other factors. The researchers discovered that those who ate more chocolate weighed less, regardless of how much they exercised or total calories.
"Our findings appear to add to a body of information suggesting that the composition of calories, not just the number of them, matters for determining their ultimate impact on weight," the study's lead researcher, Beatrice Golomb, an associate professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, told the Wall Street Journal.
In addition to weighing less, chocolate also provides health benefits ranging from improved blood pressure to better cholesterol readings.
"It's my favorite vegetable," Dr. Golomb joked. She explained that chocolate contains antioxidants like epicatechin, which other research has shown appears to boost the energy-producing elements of the body's cells.
So how much and what kind is ideal?
Health experts recommend about one ounce of dark chocolate a day. Examples include:
- One-third daily of a three-ounce bar of Endangered Species , Dark Chocolate (88%) - click for details.
- One third daily of a Ghirardelli Chocolate Intense Dark Bar, Midnight Reverie 86% Cacao Bar.
- Five Hershey's Kisses, Special Dark Chocolate - click for more information.