Chocolate, like any other candy, makes you fat. That’s such a basic and well-known fact that it’s easily taken for granted… but it could be wrong. New research reveals that people who regularly eat chocolate are thinner than those who don’t.
A study has found that despite boosting calorie intake, regular chocolate consumption is related to lower body mass index (BMI).
The effect is modest but greater than can be explained by chance. The good news about chocolate emerged after scientists screened a group of 972 men and women with an average age of 57 for a study of statins – cholesterol-lowering drugs.
Among other diet and lifestyle questions, participants were asked: “How many times a week do you consume chocolate?”
Chocolate is known to contain plant chemicals called polyphenols that combat heart disease and may influence metabolism. The results showed that chocolate was not only “calorie neutral” but actually appeared to make people slimmer.
Participants who ate chocolate on more days of the week than average were statistically likely to have a lower body mass index (BMI) than those who did not.