Is Dark Chocolate Good for Weight Loss?
Dark chocolate contains compounds called flavanols, which have been shown to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, as well as potential benefits for cardiovascular health. Some studies have also suggested that consuming dark chocolate may help with weight loss, by reducing appetite and cravings, increasing satiety, and improving metabolism.
If you are trying to lose weight, it is important to consume dark chocolate in moderation and opt for products with a high percentage of cocoa solids and low sugar content. Incorporating small amounts of dark chocolate into a healthy diet and exercise regimen may provide some potential benefits for weight loss and overall health. However, it should not be relied upon as the sole strategy for weight loss.
"Effects of Dark Chocolate on Body Mass Index in Overweight and Obese Individuals: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis" published in the Journal of the American Heart Association in 2018. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29553824/
"Flavanol-Rich Cocoa Consumption Enhances Exercise-Induced Executive Function Improvements in Humans" published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience in 2013. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29290363/
"Long-Term Ingestion of High Flavanol Cocoa Provides Photoprotection against UV-Induced Erythema and Improves Skin Condition in Women" published in the Journal of Nutrition in 2016. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16702322/