Long perceived as the enemy of anyone who wants to lose weight – the chocolate may be labelled as “diet killer” incorrectly.
A recent study, conducted by Dr. Beatrice Gollum from University of California, San Diego, discovered that regular consumption of chocolate does not lead to overweight. The study suggests even that people who regularly consume small quantities of chocolate are actually thinner than the others.
The study authors claim that regular consumption of “moderate” doses of chocolate is actually a “calorie-neutral” and even stimulates metabolism, which in turn leads to reduced accumulation of subcutaneous fats. The study involved more than 1,000 men and women. Full data of their diet regime and their BMI (Body Mass Index) was collected.
The study observed the following phenomenon: people who eat chocolate in most of the week days were actually thinner. In other words – they had a lower body mass index than others, who ate chocolate less frequently. The body mass index of people who had chocolate 5 times a week, for example, was one point lower than people who did not eat it regularly. People who ate chocolate more frequently were not eating foods with fewer calories (actually they were even eating more calories than those, who were not consuming chocolate) or making more exercises.
“Our study demonstrates in its own way that not the quantity of calories that we take, but their ingredients are important for establishing the final effect on the weight of the person,” said Dr. Gollum. “In the case with chocolate that is good news – especially for those who tend to eat chocolate often or for those who want to have such a habit”