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article imageStudy: Dark chocolate shrinks belly, linked to lower body fat

By E. Hector Corsi     Jan 14, 2014 in Health
A new study shows that enjoying dark chocolate leads to a reduction in abdominal size. Participants ate about 500 calories worth of dark chocolate per day.
A study conducted by Laura Di Renzo, Antonio De Lorenzo, and colleagues from the University of Tor Vergata, Rome, examined the use of dark chocolate by women with normal weight obese syndrome (NWO). These women have a normal weight and body mass index, excessive body fat , and a higher risk of cardiovascular mortality.
Fifteen women with NWO syndrome participated in the study, and for one week they received a standardized Italian Mediterranean diet without chocolate. After this phase, anthropometric measurements and immunological tests were conducted. Then all patients were placed on the same standardized Italian Mediterranean diet for seven days, but included 100 grams of dark chocolate. Participants ate about 1700 calories per day, but this wasn't a diet plan because calories were adjusted to maintain body weight. The chocolate was divided into two doses. No alcohol or antioxidants were allowed. The chocolate product contained a total of 42 grams of fat and 32 grams of sugar.
After the dark chocolate was added, participants had lower abdominal circumference, significantly higher levels of the good HDL cholesterol, a significant decrease of total cholesterol/HDL cholesterol, and LDL (bad cholesterol)/HDL cholesterol ratio. Participants also had a significant decrease in IL-1Ra plasma concentration. IL-1Ra is produced in inflammatory diseases, contributes to weight gain, and IL-1Ra levels are higher in obesity.
This study was published in the journal European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences.
Another new study with over 1400 adolescent participants also shows that "higher chocolate consumption was associated with lower levels of total and central fatness."
Adding chocolate as snacks has many health benefits, so choose dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cocoa and enjoy!
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