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Study finds regular chocolate eaters are thinner

 

Narrator:       This is Science Today. Chocolate lovers, rejoice! New evidence suggests that people who eat chocolate on a regular basis are actually thinner than those who don't. Study author Beatrice Golomb of the University of California, San Diego, examined dietary and other information provided by about a thousand men and women.

Golomb:         And we found that the more frequently people ate chocolate, the lower their body mass index. This was not explained by fewer calories consumed, in fact people who ate chocolate more frequently consumed more calories and they did not exercise more, but despite this they weighed less.

Narrator:       While chocolate consumption has been linked to lower heart disease, it's not usually recommended due to concerns about weight gain.  

Narrator:       Chocolate has been found to have many other metabolic benefits like blood pressure and cholesterol that actually correlate with body mass index. So in a sense, factors that benefit one of those metabolic factors often benefit all of them, it perhaps may be no surprise that there's a beneficial association to body mass index as well.

Narrator:       This suggests that it's the composition of calories and not just the number of them, that matters most. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.