I love being the bearer of good news. In this case, it's that chocolate, arguably the most beloved food on Earth, should be eaten to help control weight.
I know it’s tough to believe, given all we’ve heard about the evils of chocolate consumption. But keep in mind that coffee used to cause cancer; now we’re told it helps prevent cancer. Margarine was going to save your heart; now we’re told that it was creating the heart disease they said it was fixing. Wine was nothing but empty calories; now we know its resveratrol is good for your heart.
So I’d like for you to change your mind about chocolate. The food that was said to be the END of your weight loss efforts is actually the MEANS.
Let’s just start with the 30,000-foot view.
The Swiss eat more chocolate than anyone else on Earth, weighing in at an impressive 11.9 kg of chocolate. That’s over 26 pounds ... per person ... per year! And yet, with all that chocolate consumption, their obesity rate is less than 8%. (By comparison, in the US, one third of our population is obese.)
But that’s Switzerland. Would you find the same statistics for people in other cultures who eat lots of chocolate? Does chocolate help control their weight, too? As the bearer of good news, let me tell you that it turns out to be a very good result!
Studies have indicated that the consistent consumption of high-cocoa chocolate was associated with weight loss in adults as well as adolescents. Weight loss success in both cases was not correlated to high volumes of chocolate eating, but simply its consistent consumption. In other words, you just need to eat a bit every day. (Oh bummer, right?)
Yes, I know. Scientifically, all these results are correlative not causative. In other words, just because weight loss happens in those who eat chocolate the most consistently, that doesn’t mean chocolate is causing it. The cause could be something totally unrelated.
Fair enough, but with all these people eating all this chocolate, we can all agree that it obviously isn’t hurting them! Plus, there are plenty of reasons to believe that chocolate is an active driver of weight loss, or at the very least actively contributing to weight control.
The first driver may be the satiety promoting elements that high cocoa chocolate contains. These help prevent the cravings that can lead to excessive over-consumption.
For example, a single serving of Green & Black’s 70% chocolate provides: