Can Dark Chocolate Keep Off the Holiday Pounds?

Can Dark Chocolate Keep Off the Holiday Pounds?

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Can Dark Chocolate Keep Off the Holiday Pounds?

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By Cari Martens

More good news about dark chocolate!

We’ve heard about dark chocolate’s health benefits—antioxidants and fatty acids. Now a new study reported in the journal ScienceDaily seems to indicate that dark chocolate may also help curb your appetite. Just in time for the holidays!

In a study conducted by the University of Copenhagen, 16 young men felt fuller after eating dark chocolate than they did after eating milk chocolate, and felt less like eating sweet, salty or fatty foods.

The volunteers fasted for 12 hours before eating 3.5 ounces of chocolate—an amount equal to a good-sized chocolate bar. After 2 1/2 hours, the men were offered pizza and told to eat until they were comfortably full. Those who had eaten dark chocolate ate an amount of pizza that totaled 15% fewer calories than those who ate the milk chocolate—a significant difference according to the researchers.

So, if someone gives you one of those “sampler” boxes of chocolates this holiday season, perhaps you should go for the dark ones first. Especially if you’re going out for pizza later.

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