Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Dark vs. Milk Chocolate. Which One Reduced Food Cravings?

Dark chocolate lovers read on, I think you're going to like this one!

Here is a news clip from a study that looked at the difference between dark chocolate and milk chocolate with regards to subsequent food cravings:

'New research at the Faculty of Life Sciences (LIFE) at the
University of Copenhagen – shows that dark chocolate is far more filling than milk chocolate, lessening our craving for sweet, salty and fatty foods. In other words, eating dark chocolate may be an efficient way to keep your weight down...'

The study compared how much pizza participants would voluntarily eat after previously eating dark chocolate versus milk chocolate. The report can be found
here, but let's cut to the chase.... here are the results:

'The results were significant. The calorie intake at the subsequent meal where they could eat as much pizza as they liked was 15 per cent lower when they had eaten dark chocolate beforehand. The participants also stated that the plain chocolate made them feel less like eating sweet, salty or fatty foods.'

So there you have it! It makes sense to me when comparing the difference between dark and milk chocolate. I have some theories about why there is a difference, but I want to hear your thoughts. What do you think the difference is? Please leave your comments below!

Do remember that this was a comparison between dark and milk chocolate. I wouldn't go out and start eating chocolate just to reduce food cravings. If it's on your list of things to eat, enjoy it in moderation and know that dark chocolate has some health benefits.*  

If you do want to enjoy chocolate, go for the least processed (raw is best), organic, fair trade chocolate that is sweetened with 'less refined' sugars, and without artificial fillers or additives. You can taste the difference!

Remember, if you've got a concern about chocolate because you:

1-Eat too much
2-Eat it too often
3-Are concerned you'll eat too much
4-Feel guilty about eating it

...then give me a call. I can help you let go of all of that, and help put you back in charge so you can enjoy chocolate, or not, it's your choice.

How would it feel to be totally in charge with chocolate?


*As with any other food, if you have a h
ealth condition that requires that you avoid chocolate, please follow your Physician's advice.

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