Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Sweet news about chocolate

photo by John Loo
And today isn't even my birthday! According to an article on theskinnyonlowcal.org, new research reveals that people who eat chocolate several times a week are actually leaner than those who don't eat any. According to the study, chocolate may actually boost metabolism and inhibit fat absorption, resulting in a lower body mass index. As someone who definitely enjoys a little something sweet on a regular basis, this is music to my ears!

This is not the first study to highlight the benefits of chocolate. For years, scientists have claimed that chocolate, eaten in moderation, can lower blood pressure. In addition, dark chocolate has a number of antioxidants that help balance certain hormones in the body, reduce the formation of free radicals and lower cholesterol. On the other hand, eating large quantities of any energy-rich food such as chocolate increases the risk of obesity.


So, if you’re struggling with a sweet tooth, go ahead and indulge in a piece or two of dark chocolate or have a small slice of chocolate cake. Just don't eat the whole batch.
Now to help you out, here are a few sucralose-sweetened chocolate recipes, courtesy of Hungry Girl and Splenda.com.

Death by Chocolate Cupcakes
Deep Chocolate Shortbread
Chocolate Pudding Cake
Chocolate Coconut Bon Bons

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