Dark Chocolate Helps to Fight Hunger

Fight Hunger With Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate has many health benefits, including the ability to help you feel fuller. Recently, researchers in Copenhagen found that people who ate dark chocolate had fewer cravings afterwards. Milk chocolate does not offer the same benefit.

The research done at the Faculty of Life Sciences (LIFE), University of Copenhagen, showed that dark chocolate lessens our craving for sweet, salty and fatty foods.

Why Does it WorK?

One of the reasons given is that the bitter taste of dark chocolate seems to help the body regulate the appetite. Another reason is that the cocoa butter in chocolate has stearic acid which can help slow digestion and make the stomach stay full longer.

The cocoa butter in chocolate is high in saturated fat, however, one-third of the chocolate's fat comes from the stearic acid. Although stearic acid is a saturated fat, it does not raise LDL cholesterol (known as the bad cholesterol) as do most other fats. Stearic acid is then converted in the liver to oleic acid, which is a heart healthy, monounsaturated fat. Oleic acid makes up one-third of the total fat.

Only Dark Chocolate

The darker the chocolate the better. Dark chocolates contain 70 percent cocoa butter, which is what provides the stearic acid. Most of the milk chocolate candy bars that we regulary eat contain only 20 percent cocoa butter. Look for a label that says the chocolate has at least 60 percent pure cocoa - some manufacturers label it 'bittersweet.' The higher the percentage of pure cocoa, the less sugar.

If you are shopping for cocoa, instead of bar chocolate, then the label should only say 'cocoa.' Many of the hot chocolate, or hot cocoa packaged products that we buy in the supermarket are filled with additives such as partially hydrogenated oil, high fructose corn syrup, and many artificial ingredients. It is better to buy pure cocoa, then add your own sugar and milk (or soy milk or rice milk, etc.).

While dark chocolate has many benefits, such as heart healthy antioxidants, it should be eaten in moderation. Two bites are the equivalent of about 50 calories. However, I do find two bites of dark chocolate to be more than enough to satisfy me. It is the milk chocolate that I can eat so quickly that I am left wondering what happened to the rest of it. It's gone of course.

The report from LIFE suggested dark chocolate as ideal because it provided healthier fatty acids and many antioxidants. The research was revealed prior to Christmas to encourage people to have a bit of dark chocolate so as not to overeat during the hoidays.

For quality dark chocolate consider fair trade chocolate. Look for the Fair Trade Certified label which is certified by TransFair USA. The label ensures that the workers who harvest and process the beans are paid a living wage and are protected from harmful pesticides.

Also consider dark chocolate with the USDA organic label.

When I lived in S. Korea, dark chocolate was the standard. Some of it was labeled 'black chocolate.' If you live anywhere near a Korean supermarket, you will find very high quality bar chocolate at good prices. At no time did I see a label that had high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, or artificial ingredients. But read the label. Ingredients that aren't allowed in S. Korean may be allowed here.

Enjoy your two bites of dark chocolate!

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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California

I really like this article. I'm spending time reading all of the hubs of those that read mine. So most, regardless of the subject matter I, will read. Keep writing.


\Brenda Scully 7 years ago

pass me the chocolate.... i love it


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks fastfreta!

I value your opinion and enjoy reading your hubs. I'll keep writing too - it's time I reached 100. I have 90 now!

I'm with you Brenda Scully! Let's eat that healthy dark chocolate. Thanks for writing!


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DoodleLyn 7 years ago from Upstate New York, USA

Oh, I love love love chocolate. Just started eating dark chocolate, and have acquired a taste for it. Good to know it's actually good for me! Nicely written hub. I'm off to read more of yours now. Thanks for the yummy info!


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks DoodleLyn - good to know the real thing is always the best thing - and not what ads tell us! I can never go back to milk chocolate - the desire is just not there. But every now and then I want a bite of the dark - and it does satisfy!


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SunShineSnow 7 years ago from Texas

Great hub DoodleLyn. I find the dark chocolate also helps in relieving headaches. Gotta love my chocolate.


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dianacharles 7 years ago from India

I eat dark chocolate...glad to know I am doing something right. Good, informative hub.


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Hi SunShineSnow - that's good to know about dark chocolate and headache relief!

Thanks for writing dianacharles - as I do research about dark chocolate I keeep finding out new and healthy things about it. I'll have to create another hub.


gwennies pen 7 years ago

Yum! : ) I love dark chocolate best anyway. I knew it was good for the heart, and I mean in more ways than one...it helps pick you up when you are feeling down. You know what I mean? Great chocolate hub!!


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I do know what you mean, gwennies pen!!!

And I just found out another good reason to eat chocolate. Sounds like another hub (coming soon)!

Thanks for writing!


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Patti Ann 7 years ago from Florida

Dark chocolate is my favorite - finally a food that I love is good for me - Yeah!!


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Yeah Patti Ann! I'm looking forward to a long winter of good hot dark chocolate - maybe even a chocolate party.

Thanks for writing!


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MaryElena 7 years ago

Interesting concept.


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks MaryElena!


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prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

I get new information here. I like chocolate, And I know that dark chocolate is usually made for cooking. but this hub reveal benefit dark chocolate for fight hunger. nice to try. thanks for share.


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Hi prasetio30 - it's true about dark chocolate being for baking. That has always been the case here.

And then we would get the garbage left over made into candy bars with very little chocolate but stretched with lots of added milk and artificial ingredients - hardly a healthy food.

Finally! - we are learning to take responsibility for our health and looking at ingredients - not advertising.

Thanks for writing!


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charm_baker 7 years ago from Los Angeles, California

My my my! Aren't we a bunch of chocoholics!!! Good job BKCreative! You make me want to go get some chocolate right now! Do you guys remember the "LOOK" candy bar. Wow, talk about some good ole' dark chocolate! Thanks again BKC. You keep 'em coming girl.


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I don't remember the "LOOK" charm-baker, so I am going to look it up right now. Sounds good! (Just checked and this is a West coast candy co. and was virtually unknown here on the East coast - until you told me about it - sounds excellent!)

And don't we love chocolate!!!!

Thanks for the vote of confidence. I will get back to writing right now!


Lord Bryan 7 years ago

Two bites are the equivalent of about 50 calories. However, I do find two bites of dark chocolate to be more than enough to satisfy me.

Yeah only two bites. And 50 calories. WOW. I guess because I eat half the big bar, that is not doing me too well huh?

Lord Bryan


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Yes Lord Bryan - some of us may eat the big bar! If it's there I may attempt it!

But good we know it's dark chocolate that is the healthy one - because a little is more satisfying. The milk chocolate - well you can eat that so fast you look around to see where the rest is - and you ate it all!


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Greenheart 6 years ago from Cambridge

Dark chocolate is great stuff.

Do you like dark raw chocolate?.

There is a lot of raw chocolate around.

Full of anti-oxidants and other good things.

I will be making some tomorrow to give out for the Xmas period.

Gavin


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

What a a nice gift Greenheart! I haven't tried it raw - but would like to - I'll look for it. Thanks for passing on the info - I'll do an internet search now!


Nero Bianco 5 years ago

Isnt it great - btw have you seen our amazing new Fairtrade & Organic Dark Chocolates

http://www.neroandbianco.com


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks Nero Bianco. I'll check it out. Thanks for sharing! Yay!


Maya 5 years ago

Hi! Luv dark chocolates . Thanx for all the Wonderful Info and the big Heart to share . Keep up your Gud work . Luv ur Hub Pages .


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks so much Maya for the lovely compliment! And enjoy your dark chocolates. Yay!


dani j 5 years ago

Wallmart in moses lake washington has organic chocolate with the cocoa content right there on the front. Didn't see the big deal then. Now I do. Thought ide post this cause I don't live in korea or nyc. So its out there


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks danij - for sharing this information.

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