An article by Alice Park in Time Magazine (April 9, 2012)
Chocolate eaters are thinner. Really!
Long branded as a dieter’s foe, chocolate may have been given an unduly bad rap.
That’s what the latest study to balance the health benefits and harms of the sweet treat shows: sure, chocolate is loaded with calories, but its fattening potential may be more than offset by its positive metabolic effects – which also improve heart health, cholesterol levels, glucose control and blood pressure.
In the study, involving more than 1,000 men and women who reported their chocolate consumption over a week and had their body mass index (BMI) measured, those who ate chocolate more frequently had lower BMIs than those who didn’t eat as much, despite the fact that chocolate lovers consumed more calories overall and didn’t exercise more than the others. Eating chocolate five or more times a week on a regular basis can translate into a one-point drop in BMI on average, compared with those who don’t eat it.
While chocolate may not cause weight loss, its health benefits, which stem from its antioxidants, may help the body absorb fewer calories from fat, thus tipping the scale towards a slimmer physique. Which is not too good to be true.