Chocolate – Does It Affect Weight Loss?December 20, 2020
Chocolate, the dark, rich, and tasty treat that everyone loves, has many different names throughout the world, but one of the most popular is “chocolate.” There are literally hundreds of different types of chocolate, each with its own specific characteristics and flavor. The most popular type is probably American chocolate, which is created by melting chocolate and then adding sugar or another sweetener to create a rich, creamy spreadable mixture. It is perhaps the most well-known form of chocolate, and it is the most commonly consumed variety worldwide. However, there are several other types of chocolate that have become extremely popular over the last few years. Here is a brief look at some of these.
First, there is German chocolate. As the name would suggest, this chocolate is made from a mix of both Belgian and German chocolate products. This is arguably the most widely-used form of chocolate in America, because it combines very high quality ingredients and creates a delicious, thick chocolate flavor that’s rather difficult to beat. German chocolate is also a popular preparation of roasting and grinding cocoa seeds into a liquid, then making a paste, block, or platter that can be used for baking, including caramels and puddings. In addition, it is often used as a base for baking breads and cookies.
Spanish-style chocolate is also now gaining in popularity in America, although it gained a bit of a bad reputation when Hurricane Andrew destroyed many Spanish shipments in 2021. As a result, the popularity of Spanish chocolate bars has been on the decline. However, since this hurricane, more companies are starting to use high-quality Spanish-style cocoa in their chocolate bars, and their overall intake of added sugars has actually decreased! This new style of chocolate is generally considered to be less fattening than regular chocolate, as the added sugar contributes mostly to its great taste (in contrast to the acidic Mexican chocolate that tends to leave the consumer feeling hungry).
Some studies have shown a decreased risk in diabetes associated with the consumption of chocolate, particularly after consumption of chocolates and milk, although this decreased risk seemed to only exist in adults (without children being at an increased risk). It was also found that people who consume a lot of dairy products are more likely to develop heart disease, so it seems that the higher intake of dairy products may be leading to an increased risk of heart disease and heart attacks. Other studies have shown an increased risk of stroke, but these studies have not proven any link between high consumption of chocolate and increased risk of death from heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases.
It is not uncommon to consume over one hundred grams (over two pounds) of added sugar per day in the United States, which is more than half of the entire average intake of chocolate in a year. This should come as no surprise to anyone, since even with all of the added confections available, the average person just has a couple of cups of milk or another similar drink to top off their chocolate treat. If you consume a lot of milk or other sweetened beverages, it can lead to an imbalance in your body which affects your blood sugar levels and increases your risk of developing diabetes. Therefore, it may be best to avoid drinks with added sugars if you do not want to put yourself at risk.
Summary: While there are many possible reasons why eating chocolate can raise your risk of developing health issues, the main reason is due to the large amounts of added sugars that are included in many types of chocolate. This article hopes to explain a few reasons that eating chocolate may help you lose weight, but before doing so, you should consult with your doctor and nutritionist to find out whether or not any specific types of chocolate will have an effect on your body. Also, be sure to check the ingredients list on any chocolate candy that you purchase, as well as any recipes that you make for your family to enjoy. Finally, if you are trying to lose weight, remember that there are many types of low-fat and low-calorie candy that may help you achieve your weight loss goals.