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Frequent Chocolate Consumption can have a positive impact on weight

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The findings bolster good news from last year, when scientists reported in the Achives of Internal Medicine that chocolate eaters tended to have lower body mass indexes, with dark chocolate particularly beneficial to health.

Adults who consumed chocolate more frequently had a lower body mass index than those who consumed chocolate less often. The findings were retained or strengthened in a range of adjustment models and was not explained by calorie intake (frequent chocolate intake was linked to more overall calories), activity, or other assessed potential confounders.

The connection of higher chocolate consumption frequency to lower Body Mas Index (BMI) is opposite to associations presumed based on calories alone, but concordant with a growing body of literature suggesting that the character—as well as the quantity—of calories has an impact on MetS factors. 

Chocolate products are often rich in sugar and fat, contributing to assumptions that chocolate boosts BMI. This study does not obviate the possibility that some chocolate-containing products do so, that some chocolate consumption profiles do so, or that for some people, even frequent modest chocolate consumption does so.

Chocolate is rich in antioxidant phytonutrients like catechins that could contribute to favorable relationships of chocolate consumption to insulin sensitivity . However, because chocolate is often consumed as a sweet and bears calories, there are concerns related to its intake.

Body mass index (BMI) is part of the metabolic syndrome (MetS) picture, and other MetS elements relate favorably to moderate chocolate consumption. Therefore, the study  hypothesized that the benefits of modest frequent chocolate intake might extend to reduced fat deposition, potentially offsetting the added calories. To evaluate this, we examined the cross-sectional relationship of chocolate consumption frequency to BMI.

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