Posted by JM to Jimmy Moore's Livin' La Vida Low-Carb™ Blog at
7/30/2008 8:16 PM
I ordered 4 12-packs of this at the end of 2007, and have slowly eaten them over the past 7 months or so. I can only eat a few pieces per day, or I get gas. But the taste is phenomenal. HOWEVER...there is something about these bars that makes me lose weight. A LOT. And it's not just because they're low in carbs. There is something that lowers my appetite and changes my cravings.
Just to be clear - this is a GOOD thing!
I know it's not the cocoa or erythritol, because I had consumed them for almost a year before with no effect on my (always high) appetite.
Oligofructose seems to be the key. I googled "oligofructose weight loss" and found a Belgian study on rats and then on humans that said that appetite lowered through some complex changes in intestinal peptides.
I lost a lot of weight (~30 lbs over a couple of months), wondering what the hell was going on. When I eased up on the chocolate, my weight stabilized and slowly crept up. I read elsewhere online that oligofructose increases bifidobacterium levels in the gut, and high levels of bifidobacterium are related to lower bodyfat.
I do think there is a connection that the science will vindicate soon. In the meantime, I just ordered more ChocoPerfection. Not a fan of raspberry myself, Jimmy - otherwise, I would've tried yours as well. :)