Saturday, January 15, 2011

Cocoa Helps You lose Weight!

If you've always kept off chocolates thinking it will add to your waistline, you've thought wrong. According to a lot of academic research, cocoa not just helps fight depression but helps you lose weight too. We asked the experts and here's what they had to say.

Boosts your Metabolism
Fibre in cocoa increases your metabolism and enables your body to burn more calories each day. It thus helps you lose weight. A good reason to drink that cup of hot chocolate then!

"Cocoa in itself is low in calories and is a great ingredient to boost your metabolism," says Mumbai-based dietician, Dr. Shilpa Mittal. So it's not such a bad idea to pop a piece of dark chocolate as a dessert. "Cocoa products are best consumed during winter when your metabolic rate dips," says Mumbai-based dietician Jyoti Lalwani

Beat that craving with cocoa
Feeling low? Reaching out for that bar of chocolate may not be a bad idea. "A major component in cocoa is Theobromine, that makes you feel satiated and prevents you from over eating," says Lalwani.

Theobromine or the 'feel good' chemical in cocoa will not just perk you up in an instant, but will suppress your cravings for other sinful indulgences (read: chips, pizzas, fries). "Cocoa contains caffeine that lowers your appetite too. So while you consume cocoa or dark chocolates while stressed, you're also fighting your craving for more food," says Dr. Mittal.

Stabilizes Blood Sugar
"Cocoa is released slowly in to the blood stream which results in slow release of insulin. And thus stabilizes blood sugar levels," says Lalwani. This makes cocoa safe to be consumed by diabetics as well.

Cocoa contains higher levels of antioxidants than in red wine or green tea. Antioxidants improve your digestion. "If the food you eat is not digested properly, your body tends to accumulate toxins which lowers your metabolism," she explains. So, next time you think that plate of chat did not go well with your tummy, pop in a piece of dark chocolate.

Do you know of any more health benefits of cocoa? Leave us a comment and let us know!

1 comment:

  1. Chocolate containing cocoa (chocolate beans) are more than 70% also have benefits for health, because the chocolate is rich in the antioxidant content of phenols and flavonoids. With the presence of antioxidants, will be able to capture free radicals in the body. The amount of the antioxidant content is even 3 times more than green tea, drink very often regarded as a source of antioxidants.

    With the presence of antioxidants, making the chocolate into one health drink. Phenol, an antioxidant capable of reducing cholesterol in the blood so it can reduce your risk of heart attack are also useful to prevent cancer in the body, preventing the occurrence of stroke and high blood. In addition, the fat content in chocolate high quality proven cholesterol-free and does not clog arteries.

    Chocolate also contains some vitamins are useful for the body like vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin C, vitamin D, and vitamin E. In addition, chocolate also contains substances and nutrients essential for the body such as iron, potassium and calcium. Cocoa itself is the highest natural source of magnesium. If someone is magnesium deficiency, can cause hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, joint pain and problems of women's monthly pre-menstrual (STDs). By eating chocolate will add magnesium in daily nutrient intake that causes increased levels of progesterone in women. This reduces the negative effects of PMS.


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