4 Health Benefits of Chocolate (and Cons to Consider) (Page 2)

1. It’s (Almost) A Diet Food

Preliminary findings from Hershey suggest that natural cocoa, which has more flavanols than Dutch-processed cocoa, may limit the number of calories you actually take in during digestion by quashing the action of certain digestive enzymes, thus preventing some fats and starches in other foods from being absorbed. More research is needed—this study was done in test tubes, not humans—but the authors hope that the results will hold up in human trials.

Recipes to Try: Warm Chocolate Pudding & More Skinny Chocolate Desserts

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