Is the Benefit of White Chocolate for Weight Loss A Scam?

 By Zarifah binti Aziz | Published on June 23, 2022

Is it true to say that white chocolate can aid in fat burning? Hence, even while on a diet, you can still enjoy chocolate. Recent research suggests that white chocolate can aid in weight loss (1). Beryl's White Chocolate Coin, Lindt Swiss Classic White Chocolate,. Dr. Oetker Nona White Cooking Chocolate, and Van Houten White Chocolate Compound are the most popular white chocolate brands in Malaysia.

Benefit of White Chocolate

White chocolate is manufactured from cocoa butter, sugar, milk solids, and occasionally vanilla. Furthermore, white chocolate lacks cocoa solids, which are found in other forms of chocolate such as milk chocolate and dark chocolate, which leads some to believe that white chocolate is a forgery.  Besides, the use of pure cocoa butter makes white chocolate bars nutritious. Also, pure cocoa butter is high in antioxidants, which are beneficial to body health (Ipatenco, 2018).

Nutritional Value of White Chocolate

Did you know that 100g of white chocolate contain 151 calories which are

  • 9 grams of fat 
  • 5 grams of saturated fat 
  • 17 grams of carbohydrates 
  • 1 gram of protein 

How white chocolate impacts metabolism

As the result, evening/night chocolate consumption influenced the next morning resting and workout metabolism (Coleman E., 2014).

Chocolate and Weight Loss

So, did you know that chocolate can aid weight loss and promote blood sugar management? Moreover, research has indicated the benefits of white chocolate consumption for weight loss and diabetes control in a recent study on postmenstrual women. In short, the study, titled “Timing of chocolate intake affects hunger, substrate oxidation, and microbiota: A randomized controlled trial” (1).

The Right Time to Eat White Chocolate

Consequently, in the randomized controlled trial study conducted, nineteen postmenopausal caucasian females participated. The observations were made after studying the effect of consumption of a specific amount of chocolate within a limited timeframe. 

According to the research, two highlights of the study included decreased fasting glucose due to morning chocolate intake and no significant weight gain witnessed despite the chocolate consumption. As reported by The Harvard Gazette, key points of study among the women included (2):  For example, 

  • Eating white chocolate at any time of day or night did not result in weight increases.
  • Eating chocolate in the morning or evening may influence hunger, sleep, microbiota composition (gut health), and other factors. 
  • A heavy chocolate intake in the morning may help burn fat and lower blood glucose levels.

Other health benefits:

  • Lower risk of hypertension 
  • Lower the risk of heart failure 
  • Boosts immunity 
  • Lower cholesterol 
  • Improves liver health 
  • Elevates low blood sugar  
  • Helping with gout 
  • Reduce headaches 
  • Improves digestion 
  • Relieves stress

Conclusion

In conclusion, even if you’re trying to lose weight, feel free to eat some white chocolate. Besides that, you can either eat it as a snack just like that or pair it with other food like strawberry and white chocolate. Hence, please always keep in mind that moderation is key! Before introducing anything new to your diet, consult with a doctor as well.

Reference

  1. Hernández-González T, González-Barrio R, Escobar C, Madrid JA, Periago MJ, Collado MC, Scheer FAJL, Garaulet M. Timing of chocolate intake affects hunger, substrate oxidation, and microbiota: A randomized controlled trial. FASEB J. 2021 Jul;35(7):e21649. doi: 10.1096/fj.202002770RR. PMID: 34164846.
  2. White milk chocolate and weight loss – Here is what new study at Harvard Medical School says about the link. TimesNewDigital. Retrieved from https://www.timesnownews.com/health/article/chocolate-and-weight-loss-here-is-what-new-study-at-harvard-medical-school-says-about-the-link/781266
  3. Wait, What? Eating White Chocolate May Help Lose Weight! Experts Reveal – NDTV Food. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://food.ndtv.com/weight-loss/weight-loss-white-chocolate-may-help-lose-weight-study-2480362
  4. Coleman E., R. D. L. D. (2014). What Are the Benefits of White Pretains? Retrieved from https://carlsbadchocolatebar.com/what-are-the-benefits-of-white-chocolate/
  5. Ipatenco, S. (2018). Is White Chocolate Healthy ? Retrieved from https://www.livestrong.com/article/368816-is-white-chocolate-healthy/
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