People who eat chocolate regularly are likely to be thinner, new research suggests.
These findings come from a study of nearly 1,000 Americans that observed diet, calorie intake and body mass index (BMI) – a measure of obesity.
The study revealed that those who ate chocolate several times a week were, on average, slimmer than those who ate it occasionally.
Although chocolate is packed with calories, it also contains ingredients that may stimulate weight loss rather than fat synthesis, scientists believe.
Despite boosting calorie intake, regular chocolate consumption was related to lower BMI in the study.
Yet, this is not the first time scientists are suggesting that chocolate may actually be health beneficial.
Other studies have claimed chocolate may be good for the heart.
Consumption of certain types of chocolate has been linked to some favorable changes in blood pressure, insulin sensitivity and cholesterol level.
chocolate, especially dark chocolate, contains antioxidants which can help to eradicate harmful free radicals – unstable chemicals that are harmful to our cells.
Mice fed for 15 days with epicatechin (present in dark chocolate) had improved exercise performance and observable changes to their muscle composition.
While there’s no harm in allowing yourself a treat like chocolate now and again, eating too much might be harmful because it often contains a lot of sugar and fat too.
And if you are looking to change your diet, you are likely to benefit most from eating more fresh fruits and vegetables.