It’s previously been reported that chocolate could help to reduce heart disease and diabetes risks and now chocolate is being touted as potentially beneficial for weight management.
The news comes after a study, of 972 men and women, found that those who ate chocolate a few times per week were slimmer than those who ate chocolate only occasionally. The study, carried out by the University of California, found that regularity of eating chocolate was linked with a lower BMI despite the fact that these participants consumed more calories and did not exercise any more than the less regular chocolate eaters.
The research was intended to be a study into statins. Participants were asked a series of lifestyle questions which included questions about how much exercise they took, how much fat they consumed and how many times they ate chocolate in a week.
The researchers believe that antioxidant properties in chocolate, such as epicatechi, could be the reason why the chocolate was effective. The news may be especially welcomed, at this time of year, with Easter coming soon. However, before we get too carried away, the average BMI value of participants was 28, which is deemed to be overweight. Dr Golomb, who led the study, says further research may be needed to confirm any weight loss benefits of chocolate consumption.

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