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article imageEaters of chocolate slimmer than non-consumers

By Marlene de Wilde     Mar 27, 2012 in Health
Regular chocolate consumption can help keep a person slim according to new research. The study found that those who consumed chocolate regularly had a lower body mass index than those who did not eat chocolate.
Though the difference was modest one, it was more than that which could be explained by chance.
Over 1000 men and women were taking part in a U.S. study of the cholesterol-lowering drugs, statins. One of the questions in the survey required participants to state how many times they ate chocolate a week. The research, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that indulging in chocolate a few times a week or more did not lead to weight gain. Instead, people who regularly ate chocolate weighed less than those who did not.
Lead researcher, Beatrice Golomb of the University of California, said in Reuters that this effect was possibly due to the antioxidants in chocolate which are also responsible for lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.
People who ate up to five servings of chocolate a week were found to be 5 to 7 pounds, or 2.3 to 3.2 kg, lighter that those who never or rarely indulged. The researchers also found that it was the frequency rather than the total amount of chocolate consumed that mattered.
However, before reaching for that chocolate bar, Eric Ding, a nutritionist at the Harvard Medical School, advised caution. If it is antioxidants that are responsible for the weight difference, then dark chocolate should be preferred and, when consuming chocolate, he said, "consume it in place of something else, rather than adding to your net daily calories." (Reuters)
Golomb also added a word of caution. "This certainly does not provide support for eating large amounts of chocolate. For those of us who do eat a little bit of chocolate regularly, perhaps any guilt associated with that might be qualified."
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