Study: dark chocolate could make you skinny

2012-03-27 00:00

A REGULAR bite of dark chocolate could keep one skinny.

So say researchers at the University of California in the Archives of Internal Medicine, a publication of the American Medical Association that appeared yesterday.

Dr Beatrice Golomb and her colleagues did a study on a group of men and women who do not suffer from diseases such as diabetes or have ailments associated with cholesterol or circulation.

The group were involved in a study to test cholesterol medication and answered questions about their weekly chocolate intake. The body mass indexes (BMI) of 972 participants were measured. BMI is your mass in kilograms divided by your height squared (m²).

The researchers could not find any link between the volume of chocolates consumed by the study group and their BMI, but the participants who regularly ate chocolate had a lower BMI than those who ate less chocolate.

The researchers suspect that this may have to do with the metabolic benefits of chocolate.

Another study cited by the website found that dark chocolate was especially rich in healthy antioxidants with substances called phenols and have been shown to help prevent LDL (or “bad”) cholesterol from building up in the arteries.

The site explains that the darker and more concentrated the chocolate, the more antioxidants it contains, and it lists the best chocolate source for antioxidants as cocoa powder.

The researchers emphasised that the sugars and fats found in some chocolate products could make people fat.

The participants in the study were on average 57 years old.

A total of 68% were male and their average BMI was 28 kg/m². They ate chocolates twice a week and worked out three to four times in a week.

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