Have you, like us put on a few pounds over Christmas? Are you dreading having to give up those indulgences as part of your New Year health drive? If so, we have some great news –
DARK CHOCOLATE CAN HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT !!!!
Yes, you read it right. It needs to be a quality dark chocolate, like Zoot Zero’s Smooth Dark Chocolate Bar, and all you have to do is enjoy a small square of Zootelicious chocolate about 20 minutes before you have a meal. This triggers the hormones in the brain that say “I’m full”, cutting the amount of food you subsequently consume. What’s more, finishing a meal with the same small trigger could reduce subsequent snacking.
Naturally, all Zoot Zero chocolate bars are Free from Added Sugar and suitable for Vegetarians and those on a Gluten Free diet.
And if that wasn’t enough to make you click here and buy a box, here are 9 other reasons why dark chocolate is good for you:
1. It’s Good for the Heart and Circulation
A recent study found that dark chocolate helps restore flexibility to arteries while also preventing white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels – both common causes of artery clogging.
2. It Reduces Risk of Stroke
Researchers in Finland have found that chocolate consumption lowers the risk of suffering a stroke – by a staggering 17 per cent average in the group of men they tested.
3. It’s Mineral Rich
Dark chocolate is packed with beneficial minerals such as potassium, zinc and selenium, and a 100g bar of dark (70 per cent or more) choc provides 67 per cent of the RDA of iron.
4. It Reduces Cholesterol
Consumption of cocoa has been shown to reduce levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and raise levels of “good” cholesterol, potentially lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease.
5. It’s Good for Your Skin
The flavonols in dark chocolate can protect the skin against sun damage (though you’d probably better still slap on some sun cream).
6. It’s Good for Mothers and Babies
A Finnish study found that chocolate reduced stress in expectant mothers, and that the babies of such mothers smiled more often than the offspring of non-chocolate-eating parents.
7. It may Prevent Diabetes
It sounds mad, but cocoa has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity. So dark chocolate – in moderation – might delay or prevent the onset of diabetes.
8. Chocolate is Good for the Brain
Flavanols are thought to reduce memory loss in older people, and the anti-inflamatory qualities of dark chocolate have been found beneficial in treating brain injuries such as concussion.
9. Chocolate Makes you Feel Better
Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), which is the same chemical that your brain creates when you feel like you’re falling in love. PEA encourages your brain to release feel-good endorphins.