Milk Chocolate or cacao for weight loss and health

I wanted to write this blog because I was amazed at the claims on the packaging of some cacao nibs I bought in Lidl. It was claimed that organic cacao is so healthy it is bascially guilt-free and even calorie free. Yes, apparently so! Read the small print below...

I then compared this to milk chocolate chips and demonstrated that this was certainly not the case, and was in fact HIGHER in calories than the milk chocolate. Madness. See below!

 

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New Year, new you! That’s probably what the majority of people think as another year goes by, and more often than not, the first resolution is to transform your body by eating healthier and exercising more.

However, when people say they’re going to improve their lifestyle they expect it to happen overnight, and can be achieved by jumping on the latest FAD bandwagon…and unfortunately there’s plenty to choose from!

I read an interesting article in the Guardian (link below) and thought I'd give my thoughts on it. Some things I agreed on but also thought some points need clearing up...

Nowadays everyone recognises the importance of protein to grow and repair damaged tissues (bone and muscle) after exercise, but it also supports immune function and the generation of new cells for overall health and development.

Companies have jumped on this and there is now a 'high in protein' product for almost every packaged food you look at when shopping.

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Can diet coke be useful for weight loss, or do the health risks out-way the benefits?

Diet drinks that are loaded with low calorie sweeteners (LCS) are thought to be just as bad as their sugary alternatives i.e. "full-fat" coke. (I still don't get that term) as it's purely sugar, not fat. 

But the question is, is there any evidence to support this and what exactly does the research say about the effects diet coke and LCS (aspartame) have on health and weight management? Because it's low in calories, can it be used to support weight loss?

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Nutrition Advent Calendar - Day 23

Nutrition to Promote Sleep Quality - 2 more sleeps!!

Only 2 sleeps until Christmas, so make the most of them as Christmas can be a busy and emotional day, especially if you have children waking you up at silly o'clock in the morning!

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Nutrition Advent Calendar - Day 22

Vegetables - Fresh vs Frozen vs Canned

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Nutrition Advent Calendar - Day 21

Vegetarian & Vegan Diets - Pros & Cons

Vegetarian & vegan style diets are very popular nowadays, including athletes. They are claimed to be the healthiest diet to follow because they prioritise naturally sourced plant based foods (fruits and vegetables). This is great and probably how all diets should be, but is this the only benefit and are there any downsides to a plant-based diet?

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Nutrition Advent Calendar - Day 20

Caffeine - Is it really that good?

Tea and coffee are the most widely consumed drinks across the world after water. People typically drink 4-6 cups per day, and may consider it essential to get them through the day...thanks to caffeine!

Caffeine offers many health benefits and is regularly used in sport to enhance performance. However caffeine has always been perceived to cause a diuretic effect (dehydration). What's the score?

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Nutrition Advent Calendar - Day 19

Informed Sport - Safeguarding Athletes from Inadvertent Doping

Have you got a fancy sports nutrition supplement on your Christmas list? Read this first...

The sports nutrition supplementation is a multi billion pound industry with thousands of products available to athletes and the general public, designed to enhance sports performance, body composition and health.

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Nutrition Advent Calendar - Day 18⠀

Vitamin D - The Sunshine Vitamin⠀


If you're unaware of the important roles that vitamin D plays in the body, hopefully this will give you an insight into how and why you should avoid vitamin D deficiency. ⠀

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