Dark Chocolate vs. Milk Chocolate

Dark Chocolate Is More Filling Than Milk Chocolate And Lessens Cravings

ScienceDaily (2008-12-10) — Dark chocolate is far more filling than milk chocolate, lessening our craving for sweet, salty and fatty foods, according to new research. In other words, eating dark chocolate may be an efficient way to keep your weight down over the holidays. … > read full article

This is an interesting study and provides more evidence to support choosing a nice piece of dark chocolate instead of a regular candy bar next time you are craving something sweet. Just don’t over do it – even though the subjects ate 15% less pizza after the dark chocolate does not mean that they did not eat too much overall!

happy holidays!

Comments

  1. As a Registered Dietitian with a Masters in Nutrition Communications I am concerned over your general recommendations regarding dark chocolate and weight control. In a recent article on CNN.com you recommend people eat dark chocolate to lose weight. Just step back a moment and think about that. Yes, therapeutically speaking, consumption of one once of dark chocolate (one small square) a day in conjunction with exercise and a well balanced diet that keeps total calories in check may be beneficial. However, we are obese because we cannot control how many sweets we eat and we don’t exercise. I am fed up with all you so called professionals going around and pushing dark chocolate as a healthy food. But cheese – which is arguably more filling and filled with a host of nutrients and has been shown through NHANES gov’t research to help reduce Hypertension as part of the DASH diet – is a food to avoid? Where are you getting your science from?

    • My apologies for the delayed response. As a medical doctor who see patients for weight loss on a regular basis, I have found that allowing them to consume a small piece of dark chocolate after meals can help them adhere to a weight loss program and prevent feelings of deprivation. Yes, cheese is more fililng and nutrient dense but it is not really considered a ‘treat’ (and many of my patients can not control their serving size of cheese and it adds hundreds of added calories and is one of the top sources of saturated fat in the American diet) so why not allow a small ‘treat’ that may have some health benefits too! If a patient tells me they are not satisfied with a small amount or they can not control their portions, I tell them not to do it. As you know, in media communications it is hard to provide a solution for everyone. I would hope that you would try to respect and understand my opinion rather than being ‘fed up with us so called professionals’. Let me remind you that this ‘so called’ professional went to medical school, completed a residency in Internal medicine and passed the boards, and passed the boards as a physician nutrition specialist. I think that entitles me to an opinion and a voice.

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