4 Fat Busting Properties Of Chocolate
Someone famous once said, ‘chocolate doesn't make the world go around ... but it certainly makes the ride worthwhile’ and it seems that the majority of us Brits would agree. Unfortunately those of us watching our weight are all too familiar with another popular saying, ‘a moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips’ and for that reason, often refrain from indulging in too much of the brown stuff.
The good news is, that if you opt for wholesome raw chocolate, then there’s really no need to deprive yourself at all. In fact, consuming regular quantities of raw chocolate might even help you to shift a few unwanted pounds. Sound too good to be true? Then, it’s time to discover how to eat yourself slim with raw chocolate!
But first of all, let’s take a look at why mainstream chocolate is so fattening…
Why is conventional chocolate so unhealthy?
The majority of UK chocolate products are packed with a long list of unhealthRawy ingredients including fattening dairy products, refined sugars and artificial additives. These not only play havoc with our diet plan, they also trigger intense sugar cravings and adversely impact our cholesterol and blood sugar levels. And they’re at least partly to blame for a growing UK obesity crisis that’s increasing our risk of Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer.
So, what’s so special about raw chocolate?
Delicious raw chocolate on the other hand, contains only natural superfood sweeteners (such as heavenly agave nectar or yummy lucuma powder), is entirely dairy-free and made from one of the finest superfoods on our planet - nutritious raw cacao. Rich in beneficial vitamins, minerals, fibre and essential fatty acids, raw cacao induces a prolonged feeling of fullness (that’s especially helpful in the battle of the bulge), improves mood and concentration, boosts energy levels, heightens libido and can even help to delay the signs of aging.
A closer look at 4 Fat Busting Properties of raw chocolate
To fully appreciate the unique, fat-busting qualities of raw cacao, it’s necessary to explore some of the superfood’s ingredients in more detail.
Raw chocolate is incredibly high in dietary fibre, which according to the NHS can help to prevent heart disease, diabetes as well as certain types of cancer. And, as it’s also known to aid digestion and promote satiety, dietary fibre can help us to lose weight too.
2. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors
There is strong scientific evidence that the Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOI’s) found in raw cacao act as powerful appetite suppressors and are therefore extremely effective in preventing weight gain.
Raw cacao possesses a particularly high chromium content – chromium is an important trace element that enhances the action of insulin and is critical to the metabolism and storage of carbohydrate, fats, and protein in the body. It is commonly used to manage blood sugar levels in patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes and several studies (compiled by the Human Nutrition Center of the US Department of Agriculture) suggest a direct link between chromium consumption and a decrease in body fat.
Raw cacao is loaded with magnesium, a valuable mineral that helps to convert the food that we eat into energy (instead of unwanted layers of fat) and ensures the healthy function of our parathyroid glands (which in turn manufacture hormones important for bone health). In addition, magnesium is a natural laxative - a 2007 study published in the ‘European Journal of Clinical Nutrition’ revealed that a low water and magnesium intake could contribute to increased rates of constipation.
Put the chocolate in the bag and nobody gets hurt!
Raw chocolate is not only good for us and our body image; it also boasts an intense flavour and rich aroma that is simply unmatched by other chocolate products. So, to find out what all the fuss is about, why not have a go at making your very own home made raw chocolate bars, crammed with your choice of tempting superfoods such as goji berries, mulberries, cashew nuts or almonds? Even if you don’t fancy getting your hands dirty in the kitchen, you can still choose from an irresistible range of ready made organic and Fair Trade raw chocolate bars. And one thing is for sure, once bitten; you’ll be forever smitten!