Phillip Minton M.D.

Daniel Plan Diet: A Role for Cocoa and Chocolate

In diet, prevention diet on January 27, 2012 at 12:34 pm

The Daniel Plan is an anti-obesity lifestyle designed by members of the Saddleback Church along with expert collaborators. It combines wise tenets of eating and physical activity. Very significantly, it includes spiritual and social support. Foods are focused on the simple and natural.

For anyone seeking to change their dietary habits to fight obesity and secure better health, such as is true with those engaged in the Daniel Plan, cocoa and quality low-carb dark chocolate are important to consider.

Cocoa is often thought of as the fruit of the tree on which it develops. In a minimally processed form, with little or no added sugar or other fats, it is one of the most wholesome and natural low carbohydrate “diet foods” that one can imagine.

Dark chocolate is not only low in carbohydrates, but also contains a healthy mix of natural oils similar to the composition of olive oil. Even in dieting, it is important to consume moderate amounts of healthful fats and oils – the kinds chocolate offers.

To top it all off, Pastor Warren’s church members will be happy to know that cocoa and dark chocolate contain natural stimulants that energize both mind and body. This is very helpful when abruptly changing our eating and exercise patterns.

Cocoa and dark chocolate are the perfect accompaniments to a healthy lifestyles program such as the Daniel Plan.

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