A new study discovers that people who eat chocolate several times a week are essentially leaner than people who don’t eat chocolate regularly. Last time we checked chocolate was loaded with fat and sugar. But this new research, along with some prior studies, suggests chocolate may constructively influence metabolism.
Studies show that dark chocolate may reduce hungers and promote spirits of fullness, which may help support weight loss. In one study in 12 women, smelling and eating dark chocolate decreased appetite and reduced levels of ghrelin, the hormone that stimulates hunger.
Another small study in 16 people compared the effects of milk chocolate and dark chocolate and found that participants felt less hungry and fuller and satisfied after eating dark chocolate. Furthermore, they also consumed 17% fewer calories at a subsequent meal, compared with participants who ate milk chocolate.
Similarly, a study in 14 postmenopausal women showed that consuming dark chocolate led to greater reductions in food intake, compared with eating white and milk chocolate. Still, more research is needed to gauge how dark chocolate may affect appetite and food intake, compared with other foods.
So, start your day with some dark chocolate and get yourself leaner.