Does Dark Chocolate Make You Fat?

Chocolate is considered to be one of the guilty pleasures by most of the people even now. While some have become aware about the fact that there are numerous health benefits of chocolates particularly dark chocolates others are standing by the same age old notion. We shall talk about the health benefits of dark chocolate later on.  LA Lipo!

 

As we start with the most controversial topic, not controversial in the sense that it acquires something illegal or immoral but controversial in the sense that a lot of people have different and divergent views on this, “Does dark chocolate make you fat?” A very frequently asked question somewhere or the other. People are of the opinion that chocolate being a junk food, increases weight, like any other junk food would. So let’s make an attempt to answer this.

 

Let’s start with breaking all the taboos that directly or indirectly state that if one is trying to lose weight no matter what, you have to stay away from chocolates. So if somebody says this next timeI would want you to reject this contention straight away. As weight loss is amongst one of the numerous benefits of dark chocolate. Yes, you read it right, no need to rub your eyes. Dark chocolate has properties that help in weight loss. Not only weight loss there are other benefits as well.  BUT one thing that you need to abide by is the moderate intake of dark chocolate. Having a whole bar of dark chocolate will rather increase the intake of calories. Fairly decent amount of dark chocolate will not make you fat. Although it will help you to reduce your cravings and control your appetite. The calorie count plays a vital role. The calories being consumed must be kept within healthy limits.

 

Dark chocolate, however, has both weight gain and weight loss properties. It just depends on the amount you consume.  Consumption of chocolate is one factor, there are many more. Some of them are the amount of physical activities or exercise you do, your metabolism, digestive system and more. These factors contribute almost equally in the weight gain process. As stated above calorie count is pivotal, and keeping it within limits is another task. Not only calories a chocolate along with them have concentration of sugars and fats. These sugars and fats also contribute in weight gain. However, if we compare a milk chocolate and a dark the amount of sugars would definitely vary.

 

A chocolate manufacturer states that a dark chocolate has approximately 14 grams of concentrated sugar in it whereas in case of a milk chocolate it is 24 grams. A huge difference can be seen. Not only this the difference arises in the type of fat as well though both the milk as well as dark chocolate have fats, their composition vary. Even studies suggest that consumption of dark chocolate is preferable over ordinary milk chocolates. As it has health benefits such as it lowers down the blood pressure, lowers bad cholesterol and also lowers the risk of heart diseases. One thing that must be kept in mind is that consumption of chocolate must be in a moderate amount then only these benefits can be enjoyed.