Health Benefits Of Chocolate


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February 26, 2014

 

Interview with Will Clower, author of the book Eat Chocolate, Lose Weight: New Science Proves You Should Eat Chocolate Every Day

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Chocolate is often considered a vice, an indulgence.

 

Will Clower:
But in fact all of this new information is showing that the opposite is the case. That chocolate is associated with a healthier heart, a healthier brain, better mood, and even better weight.
 


Will Clower

Neuroscientist Will Clower, author of the book Eat Chocolate, Lose Weight... 

 

All of the health benefits for your heart and for your muscles and for your basal metabolic rate, all that comes from the cocoa itself. So when you choose your chocolate choose chocolate that’s higher in cocoa – the darker chocolate. Because then you get all of the good stuff without getting the parts of chocolate that make it bad for you - which in this case is the sugar.

 

Which means that candy bars and chocolate cake don’t qualify here.

 

If you’ve got nougat and caramel and wafer – all that stuff is terrible for you – when in fact the good chocolate is the solid dark chocolate.

 

What makes chocolate good for you?

 

The cocoa butter and the fiber and the protein that just comes naturally in chocolate helps to slow the rate that your stomach empties into your small intestine which helps to slow the rate the blood sugar is absorbed into your system -  so that you’re not hungry. Because of that physiological response people end up controlling consumption by adding that chocolate.

 

 
 

 

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