Chocolate, Free Radicals and Weight Control:

Behind the Science

It’s no secret that obesity and unwanted weight gain is one of today’s biggest health problems. A big component of the obesity problem is the free radical problem. Free radicals are “rogue” molecules that rob electrons from other molecules, which in turn become free radicals and “pinball” around the body, creating a continuous cycle of damage and destruction to our bodies’ cells, tissue and organs.

Numerous studies demonstrate that free radicals lead to unwanted weight gain. For instance, researchers from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University found a direct correlation between oxidative stress (free radical damage) and increased obesity. Another study from the University of Florida found that eating plants high in phytochemicals (and antioxidants) is effective at reducing the amount of oxidative stress in the body, and therefore able to lower the risk of gaining unwanted fat.

Other research suggests that chocolate also helps encourage weight loss in others ways. These include appetite suppression, healthy blood sugar maintenance, mood and craving control, and gene modulation.

Free Radicals Lead to Weight Gain

Researchers from the Linus Pauling Institute recently stated, “Obesity, as measured by body mass index (BMI), is independently associated with oxidative stress and confirms recent data.”
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A Taste of Xoçai

Pilot Study Results

A recent pilot study on Xoçai’s X-Protein Meal Replacement Shake produced encouraging findings. Below are some of the details:

No. of Participants: 50
Length of Study: 12 weeks
Average Weight Loss: 31.2 lbs.
Retention of Participants: 100%
Conclusion: In addition to the notable weight loss results, the pilot study participants also reported favorable results in the areas of inches lost, hunger/satiation response, blood pressure levels and cholesterol levels.

*The weight loss testimonials presented apply only to the individuals depicted, cannot be guaranteed, and should not be considered typical.

The Cocoa-Gene Connection

Japanese researchers have discovered that cocoa may prevent obesity and weight gain by regulating the genes involved in fat metabolism. The researchers fed two groups of rats different high-fat diets—one high in real cocoa and the other without the cocoa supplement. Body weight, adipose fat weight and blood-lipid levels were lower in the cocoa group. It appears that chocolate helps to restrict fat metabolism and storage, while stimulating thermogenesis or fat-burning in the body.