It worked for mice, so could the chocolate diet work for you? Penn State researchers have identified cocoa powder as a potential wonder drug for the health of those suffering liver damage due to obesity, according to experiments conducted on high-fat-fed mice.
Nutritionists are already well aware that cocoa, the primary ingredient in chocolate desserts and hot cocoa, contains relatively high levels of fiber, iron and antioxidants — despite the fact that it’s often also accompanied with plenty of sugar, a major factor in weight gain and poor health.
The aim of the study was not only to facilitate weight loss, though. Researchers were hoping to identify means by which obese individuals can improve their overall health, particularly in terms of non-alcohol-related fatty liver disease, which affects more than 3 million Americans per year.
Excerpted from the New York Post