Watching your weight but love chocolate? There may be some good news for those of you with sweet cravings.
Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, reported that people who eat chocolate regularly tend to be thinner than those who never or rarely consume the treat. In Archives of Internal Medicine, the authors stated that some kinds of chocolate were found to improve factors related to metabolism, including blood pressure, cholesterol levels and insulin sensitivity.
People watching their weight tend to avoid chocolate because of its high calorie count.
The research team gathered data on 1,018 adults who reported no known chronic diseases. The volunteers, whose body mass indexes (BMI) were measured, were given questions about their weekly chocolate consumption. Findings showed that it was not the total amount of chocolate eaten that was linked to lower BMI, but rather how frequently the chocolate was eaten – the more regular eaters tended to be thinner, the researchers stated in a report in Medical News Today.
The team emphasized, however, that enjoying chocolate every day will not necessarily help you lose weight. Their findings were instead a deeper look into the possibility that the antioxidants in chocolate may play a certain role in certain factors linked to lower body weight.