Friday, 30 March 2012

[HM:252260] Chocolate makes you Skinnier


Chocolate makes you Skinnier

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Reduced fat deposition per calories
If you've been avoiding chocolate because it makes you fat, think again. 
The latest research has found that eating chocolate often can make you skinnier.

A study at the University of California, San Diego, found that eating certain types of 
chocolate is linked to better measurements of blood pressure, insulin sensitivity and 
cholesterol levels, and a lower body mass index.

The authors tested the hypothesis that modest, regular chocolate consumption 
might be calorie-neutral. In other words, the metabolic benefits of eating small 
chocolate portions might lead to reduced fat deposition per calories, 
offsetting the added calories.

The study surveyed 1,018 men and women in good health. 
They were asked how often they ate chocolate, answered a food 
frequency questionnaire, and were weighed.

Writing in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the authors said: 
"Adults who consumed chocolate more frequently had a lower BMI than 
those who consumed chocolate less often."

The size of the effect was modest but the effect was significant – larger than could be explained by chance, 
the authors wrote.

This was despite the fact that those who ate chocolate more often ate 
more calories, and did not exercise more.
Study leader Dr Beatrice Golomb 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.

"In the case of chocolate, this is good news – both for those who have a regular 
chocolate habit, and those who may wish to start one."

The authors said the findings merit a further randomised trial 
of chocolate for metabolic benefits in humans. 





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