Guilt free chocolate indulgence

Chocolate is regularly named as the baddie in the battle of the bulge. We all know chocolate makes us put on weight. At this time of year it’s pretty hard to walk away from the chocolate that calls to us from just about every prime display position in our supermarkets. So this week on The Main Ingredient I want to give you the opportunity to be able to eat your chocolate and feel great about it.

Dr Lily Stojanovska is the co-author of ‘The Chocolate Diet’. Along with fellow Aussie scientist John Ashton she has devised a plan to incorporate chocolate into our daily lives. This is good news for those who can’t say no.

The idea is to combine the healthy aspects of good quality dark chocolate made with cocoa butter. You need to read the label and avoid vegetable oils such as palm oil or dairy fat (butter). And of course the word moderation comes in to play (sigh). The chocolate diet weight loss plan works on about 10-20 grams of dark chocolate every alternative day. So you are not going to be able to wolf down that whole packet of choccie biscuits and still feel good about yourself.

Something that tastes so good doesn’t necessarily have to be full of bad fat, sugar and calories. Over the past few decades chocolate has featured in a multitude of scientific studies. The words ‘antioxodant’ and ‘flavanoids’ feature frequently in research findings. More recently there has been talk about foods that can switch on genes that can make our bodies burn fat faster. People who eat chocolate frequently have lower body mass indexes than those who eat it less often, according to a recent study at the University of California.

The doctors do present some interesting ideas for chocoholics everywhere. Lets face it there are not many of us who can resist that exquisitely pleasurable experience as the chocolate melts in our mouths. In fact I think there was one particular study where scientists think they found the effect of marijuana to be comparable to the effect of chocolate. Unfortunately they can’t remember the study results!

Dr Lily’s own Chocolate Indulgence:

Heat a cup of milk in a pan, add a teaspoon of raw honey, a tablespoon of good quality pure raw chocolate powder and a tablespoon of good quality dark chocolate. Allow the chocolate to melt into the milk, pour into a mug and sprinkle with healthy cinnamon powder.

Happy Easter…..

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