The Good And Dark Side of Chocolate

Chocolate has been called one of the most sinfully delicious foods ever. And with good reason. A joint study conducted by the University of Miami and the University of Florida found that just a single bite of chocolate “can trigger a desire for more sweet or fattening foods.” One bite would set of your craving for pizza, burgers, and more sweets. 

According to the reseachers, “A small indulgence may prime a pleasure trigger and lead to more indulgence.” 

Your best chance is to plan ahead, instead of indulging whenever you fancy. Just make sure you stick to your promise. If your plan is to eat have one sweet for the day, remind yourself that what you’ll be having and when. For instance, “I’ll let myself have only one sweet a day-tonight it’ll be a scoop of low-fat ice cream after dinner.” 

However, chocolate is not all sinful goodness and indulgence. Chocolate also has a good side.

Ironically, chocolate’s good side is it’s dark one. That’s right. We’re talking about dark chocolate and its health benefits.

According to researchers from the University of Copenhagen, dark chocolate may actually help you feel fuller. In their study, the authors found that those who ate dark chocolate had fewer cravings later that those who ate milk chocolate.

The researchers say that the reason could be dark chocolate’s bitter taste. The bitterness might “help the body regulate appetite, or its higher amount of cocoa butter (it has stearic acid, which can slow digestion) may make the stomach stay full longer.”

So go ahead. Indulge. Just make sure you know which side to pick. 

Source: health.com