We can imagine that this question gives both chocolate lovers heart balm and a sudden urge to doubt. Legitimate mental battle we grant you, since most of us love this treat. Because yes, it is not easy to associate this little taste pleasure with health benefits. Let’s take a closer look at the subject based on scientific research.
Chocolate cake is a good idea to start your day with different studies. Researchers at Tel Aviv University had already looked into the matter in 2012, according to the nutritioninsight website. They said that including a slice of chocolate cake at breakfast helps prevent cravings for sugar the rest of the day. This therefore implies less or no snacking and this by specifying that the morning is the best time to consume carbohydrates. Leaving to choose between an organic yogurt or a chocolate cake, it is the latter that they should favor.
Dark chocolate and the brain
The Sun reported that researchers from Syracuse University in New York examined the eating habits of 968 people between the ages of 23 and 98.
What was concluded was that dark chocolate as such, could have a positive effect on your memory and help the brain to process information more easily.
In addition, regular morning consumption would be significantly associated with better work performance. Provided of course not to make it the main dish of breakfast but rather part of a varied whole.
Dark chocolate and obesity
Eating dark chocolate every day to lose weight may seem like a far-fetched idea, but studies show it’s entirely possible. Dark chocolate plays a role in controlling appetite, which therefore helps with weight loss. The Everyday Health site mentions that the neuroscientist Will Clower, has written a book on this subject, called “Eat Chocolate, Lose Weight” where he specifies that eating a little dark chocolate before and after meals triggers hormones that can signal to the brain that you are full. Obviously, and conversely, eating more than you need will not help you lose weight.
A study by the dietetics department at Queen Margaret University confirms that dark chocolate is a high source of antioxidants, including polyphenols and flavanols. This therefore draws particular attention to the ability of dark chocolate to modulate obesity thanks to its potential effect on fat, carbohydrate metabolism and the feeling of satiety.
What about dark chocolate
There is no denying that cocoa can provide significant health benefits. Obviously, that does not mean to consume more every day. It’s always full of calories and it’s easy to be tempted to eat more.
After dinner, treat yourself to a square or two of dark chocolate and try to really savor them.
Also, remember that most of the chocolate products available on the market are not healthy because they are processed and therefore rich in sugars.
Finally, promote quality in your choice. Your preference should be for all chocolates with 70% cocoa.
Finally, know and remember that the key word that remains is moderation.
Sugar-free and flour-free brownies recipe
- ½ glass of avocado puree
- ½ glass of sweet potato previously steamed
- 1 case of almond butter
- ½ glass of dark chocolate chips
- 2 cases of pure honey
- ¼ glass of almond milk
- 3 cases of cocoa powder
Preheat the oven to 180 °.
Cover a cake pan with parchment paper.
Start by mixing all the ingredients together except the chocolate chips. You will add these at the end. Cover a cake pan with parchment paper and pour your preparation. Add the chocolate chips and then adjust your dough in the mold to prevent it from overflowing. Then place in the oven for 20 minutes.
Finally get out of your brownie and let cool before unmolding.
Enjoy your meal !