Chocolate - can be healthy

Type1Lou
By Type1Lou Latest Reply 2015-02-04 08:16:31 -0600
Started 2014-08-11 10:13:03 -0500

I found this by clicking on a news item about 10 foods that skinny people eat on my MSN home page and just had to share it:

Chocolate

"It’s not too good to be true. One study found that regular chocolate eaters were actually slimmer than people who didn’t indulge as often—even though they ate slightly more calories overall and exercised no longer than the control group. Why? “When you deprive yourself, you’re ultimately more likely to overeat,” says Gans. “If you take the guilt factor away, there's a better chance you'll eat chocolate in moderation, and only until you feel satisfied.” Another theory is that chocolate increases levels of feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine in your brain, which has a calming effect so you’re less likely to keep eating to self-soothe, says Halas-Liang. "

My go-to snack is often one piece of good-quality dark chocolate topped with a spoonful of all-natural peanut butter…YUMMMMMMMMM!

The key is to indulge without over-indulging.


21 replies

RebDee
RebDee 2015-02-04 08:16:31 -0600 Report

I just started my own discussion about chocolate when I found this one. Thanks so much Type1Lou.

rolly123
rolly123 2014-08-12 22:39:55 -0500 Report

I love chocalate so we can have it ! Choc bars

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2014-08-13 15:28:29 -0500 Report

My discussion post should have specified that I eat one square of the dark chocolate bar (usually Lindt) at a sitting…never the whole bar…the carb count for a single square is around 4 or 5 grams. Both haoleboy and Glucerna were wise to mention the quantity issue. We can have our chocolate but not in unlimited nor unreasonable (for diabetics) quantities.

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-08-12 23:26:09 -0500 Report

the point is that SMALL amounts of DARK chocolate (70% or better cocoa content) have health benefits. I eat about !/2 an ounce (2 squares) of Lindt 85% regularly. But only 2 squares .
This DOES NOT MEAN that it is okay to eat a candy bar or milk chocolate … and as with everything… test … eat a small amount and test 1 or 2 hours after to see what effect it has on you.

Glucerna
Glucerna 2014-08-13 15:18:22 -0500 Report

Wise words Steve. It can be a slippery slope from 1/2 oz dark chocolate to candy bars to the supersize candy bars, and your suggestions are top notch. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2014-08-13 15:48:40 -0500 Report

I prefer the dark chocolate and I think its the one with the best nutrients. The key is to check and calculate the carbs in the chocolate you do eat. Read the labels and serving sizes on the packages to get that info. One serving of the Lindt Dark Chocolate bar, I think is 4 squares (I'm going from memory because I don't have any handy right now) yet I only eat one square at a sitting .

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-08-13 16:03:02 -0500 Report

correct … 40 grams or 4 squares is the "serving size" for Lindt, (10 grams per square. (I only eat 2)
for the 85% that 4 square serving has 15 g carbs, 5 g sugar, 230 calories, 6 g fiber and 5 g protein

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-08-13 16:12:53 -0500 Report

for comparison sake a 1.5 oz (43 gram) bar of Hershey's Milk Chocolate contains:
210 calories, 26 g carbs, 24 g sugar, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein
also contains about 1/3 the iron and about twice the sodium as the Lindt 85

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-08-13 16:47:03 -0500 Report

This was not meant to be an advertisement for Lindt … other quality brands are Ghirardelli Intense Dark, and Green & Blacks Organic. There are others but these are commonly available and "affordable".

Rose67
Rose67 2014-08-12 15:37:27 -0500 Report

Thank you Lou,
I also eat dark chocolate. A little does go along way, it also has fiber and protein in it. Used it for many years now.

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-08-12 00:06:39 -0500 Report

There are some really great health benefits from eating dark chocolate … 70 - 85 % cocoa content (we're not talking sweet milk chocolate or "Hershey's Special Dark" here)
Among other things dark chocolate is high in flavinoids which increase insulin sensitivity and in this case the higher the cocoa content the higher the flavonoids.
But indulge carefully. Just 40 grams (1.4 oz) of a good quality Swiss-made 85% dark chocolate contains 15 grams of carbs and 230 calories

Steve

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2014-08-12 16:59:04 -0500 Report

When I can get it, I buy the Lindt 90% dark chocolate bar and treat myself to one square at a time…I think it's 4 or 5 grams of carb per square.

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-08-12 18:07:35 -0500 Report

I buy Lindt 70 and 85% at Walmart $2.48 a 3.5 oz bar.
I believed that the 90% Lindt is dutched chocolate which would mean it is lower in flavonoids, You can check on the label … dutched chocolate will say “cocoa processed with alkali”. The 70 and 85 are not dutched.

robertoj
robertoj 2014-08-11 15:01:00 -0500 Report

i prefer very dark chocolate and find a little can go a long way. On a few occasions I have come across some that were so good I will never touch them again. Craving is a terrible feeling.

Glucerna
Glucerna 2014-08-11 14:22:57 -0500 Report

Thanks for sharing this article Lou. I think one of the keys to avoid over-indulging is to eat mindfully by sitting in a quiet place, eating slowly, and noticing the texture and flavor of what we're eating. When we eat mindfully, we're often satisfied with a small amount. ~lynn @Glucerna

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2014-08-11 12:27:44 -0500 Report

Thanks, Type1lou.
Makes my treat I made last week even better.
Ground pecans, ground cashews, cocoa, a bit of powdered sugar, & a bit of brown sugar. Tasted much better than the brownie bites from a Tuesday night with The Cake Lady and three of her four daughters at the chain restaurant. Also much more BG friendly for me.
Think I'll be taking some more to work for my supper this week.

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