With obesity rates in Latino communities across the country skyrocketing, more and more discourse surrounding weight loss and control is surfacing within these communities. Typically, weight loss requires a calorie deficit and eliminating certain unhealthy foods from a diet, such as alcohol, dairy, and sweets.
But according to a Tim Spector, author of The Diet Myth: The Real Science Behind What We Eat, red wine, chocolate, cheese, and other dairy products might actually be the key to weight loss and improved overall health.
And according to Spector, the key to their healthfulness is fermentation. Fermented foods like cheese, chocolate, and wine contain good bacteria. When these bacteria are added to the bacteria already living in our stomachs, they can help aid digestion and ultimately help promote a sound body weight.
And considering the U.S.’s passion for chocolate, this is great news for Americans. Overall, the U.S. accounts for 20% of the world’s global chocolate consumption. That’s a lot of Hershey Kisses!
Typical fad diets ban the very foods that Spector encourages dieters to eat. Just last month, in fact, a study was released regarding how the benefits of alcohol were entirely overstated. And, of course, entire health epidemics have been blamed on America’s love of high-fat dairy products such as cheese.
But other recently released studies support Spector’s assertion. Earlier this month, a study was released that stated the importance of high-fat dairy foods in one’s diet, and how the sugars in low-fat dairy such as skim milk can promote weight gain.
Spector’s theories are also supplemented by numerous reports of scientists and health experts.
“The more diverse foods we eat, the more varieties of microbes in our bodies, which makes us healthier,” he said, according to The Daily Mail.