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Chocolate May Be Good For Dieters

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Chocolate May Be Good For Dieters

Chocolate may help you lose weight…

New research has shown that people who eat chocolate regularly tend to be thinner. The findings come from a study of nearly 1,000 US people that analyzed diet, calorie intake and body mass index (BMI).

The results showed that those who ate chocolate a few times a week were, on average, slimmer than those who rarely ate it. And despite being high in calories, regular chocolate eaters consumption was linked to a lower BMI.

Even though chocolate is loaded with calories, scientists believe it contains ingredients that may aid weight loss.

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Chocolate May Be Good For Diets

Image Credit: André Karwath, 02/13/2012.

The researchers noted that the determining factoring was how often chocolate was consumed, and not how much as the study found no link with portion sizes.

Although the study was small, the team says there is only a one chance in a hundred that findings are a coincidence. But skeptics still note that the findings are simply correlative and do not prove that one causes the other.

But its not the only time scientist have suggested that chocolate has health benefits. Lead author Dr Beatrice Golomb, from the University of California at San Diego, said:

“Our findings appear to add to a body of information suggesting that the composition of calories, not just the number of them, matters for determining their ultimate impact on weight.”

Other studies have claimed chocolate is good for the heart, mainly due to high levels of antioxidants found in dark chocolate. Dr Golomb and her team believe that these antioxidant compounds, called catechins, can also improve lean muscle mass and help reduce weight. Similar studies in rodents would also suggest such a link.

A study at Wayne State University, found that Mice fed for 15 days with epicatechin had increased exercise performance and improved changes to their muscle composition.

Nevertheless, experts say the findings should not encourage dieters to start consuming more chocolate since its high in fat and sugar.

The study was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.


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  1. Michelle Roberts: Chocolate ‘may help keep people slim’. BBC, 03/27/2012.

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