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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's 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.