Dark chocolate may not taste the same as those sweetened chocolate candy bars, but it is healthier. It contains less sugar and fat. In fact, it is gaining popularity because of its health effects and potentials in preventing cardiovascular diseases.
Now, a new study has added a few more health benefits that can be attributed to eating dark chocolates. These benefits are particularly helpful to diabetics and people who are trying to lose weight as dark chocolates apparently contain a substance that can curb weight gain and improve glucose tolerance.
In the study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry February 24, a team of researchers from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia has conducted an experiment with laboratory mice to test the different groups of cocoa compounds and identify which one is the most effective in preventing weight gain and obesity. Cocoa is the basic ingredient found in chocolates.