Chocolate eaters More Slim? | This is good news for chocolate fans. Recent research indicates that those who regularly eat chocolate have a more slender body than those who rarely eat them. Scientists from the University of California, San Diego, Beatrice Golomb, MD, PhD and his team found that adults who eat chocolate regularly tend to have a more slender body than not eating.
As published online in the Archives of Internal Medicine on March 26, 2012, the researchers emphasize that these findings do not prove that regular consumption of chocolate to lose weight. But there may be other factors that influence the differences in weight or perhaps it is merely a statistical fluke.
In his research, Golomb and colleagues involving nearly 1000 people volunteer. Participants were asked to fill out questionnaires about how often they eat chocolate. The average age of volunteers is 57 years old and 68 percent of them were male.
Researchers then tried to find an association between chocolate consumption and body mass index (BMI) of participants. BMI is a calculation based on height and weight are used to determine the weight, overweight and obesity in adults.
Body mass index average of 28 participants - that is, being overweight but not obese. On average, participants eating chocolate twice a week and regular physical activity (sports) three to four times a week.
The study results showed that those who eat regularly or frequently eat chocolate have a lower BMI than the other, even when researchers have linked with other factors such as age, gender, education and consumption of fruits and vegetables. In fact, the difference between participants who ate chocolate less frequently, and about 5 to 7 pounds.
Golomb said the chocolate including foods rich in antioxidants - substances that can fight the destructive agents in the body. Some research also has shown, the consumption of chocolate can provide positive health effects such as lowering cholesterol and keeping blood pressure. But on the other hand, chocolate can also be disastrous because of the high content of calories and fat.
Golomb again reminded that this study does not imply that consumption of chocolate can help you lose weight. The study also does not specify what kind of chocolate is best for your body. "This finding does not mean that you have to go out and eat 20 pounds of chocolate per day," said Golomb.