The Reason Chocolate Can Help You Lose Weight

The fact that chocolate is linked to weight loss may seem a little hard to swallow. But researchers at Virginia Tech have found the antioxidants in dark chocolate that they think might help prevent obesity and diabetes.

Of course, you have to eat dark, not very sweet, chocolate to enjoy health benefits. Dark chocolate, according to the scientists, contains beneficial cocoa chemicals called oligomeric procyanidins (PCs).

In lab tests, these compounds, also called flavanols, kept animals’ weight down and helped their bodies resist diabetes.

The scientists’ conclusion: “Oligomeric PCs appear to possess the greatest antiobesity and antidiabetic bioactivities of the flavanols in cocoa, particularly at the low doses employed for the present study.”

Carl Lowe

By Carl Lowe

has written about health, fitness and nutrition for a wide range of publications including Prevention Magazine, Self Magazine and Time-Life Books. The author of more than a dozen books, he has been gluten-free since 2007.