In the eating plan from S.A.S.S! Yourself Slim: Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches a Daily Dark Chocolate Escape is mandatory. Why? Chocolate is one of the healthiest foods on the planet, and research shows that eating a small portion every day can curb your cravings for not so healthy treats, from chips to cookies.
Here are 10 reasons why you MUST eat dark chocolate every single day:
1. Compared to milk chocolate eaters, those who downed dark chocolate ate 15% fewer calories without even trying and reported fewer cravings for sweet, salty and fatty foods.
2. Dark chocolate contains unique natural substances, including some that truly create a sense of euphoria, similar to the feeling of being in love!
3. Dark chocolate contains magnesium, a mineral that can help alleviate PMS symptoms, including cramps, water retention, fatigue, depression, and irritability.
4. Chocolate contains the same type of antioxidants found in red wine and tea, which have been shown to boost brain activity.
5. Dark chocolate has been shown to help correct imbalances in the body related to stress, and can significantly reduce levels of stress hormones (a surge in stress hormones is linked to more belly fat).
6. Dark chocolate has a caffeine kick, but not too much. One ounce of 70% dark contains about 40 mg of caffeine, compared to 200 mg in 8 ounces of brewed coffee and 120 mg in strong black tea.
7. The antioxidants in cocoa trigger the walls of your blood vessels to relax, lowering blood pressure and improving circulation. That means better delivery of oxygen and nutrients to every cell.
8. Chocolate’s protective natural substances help prevent cholesterol from sticking to your artery walls, reducing your risk of heart attack and stroke.
9. Heart-attack survivors who ate chocolate just twice a week over a two-year period cut their risk of dying from heart disease threefold.
10. The type of saturated fat in dark chocolate isn’t the same as the artery-clogging saturated fat in a hamburger or whole milk. It’s a unique variety called stearic acid, much of which gets converted in the body to oleic acid, a heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acid or “MUFA.”
And that’s not all - for more info on the benefits of dark chocolate and how it fits into a healthy eating plan, check out S.A.S.S! Yourself Slim on Amazon or Barnes and Noble or wherever books are sold. I devoted an entire chapter to dark chocolate, which includes five recipes for my signature dark chocolate truffles (they take just five minutes), with seasonings ranging from balsamic vinegar to tangerine zest and loose green tea leaves. You'll also find deliciously healthy chocolate recipes like my Chocolate Pear Ginger Smoothie and Dark Chocolate Oatmeal.