Chocolate Makes You Slimmer?
March 27, 2012
It may sound too good to be true, but according to a new research, chocolate can help people slim down. The study has shown that those who have frequent consumption of chocolate possess a lower body mass index (BMI) as compared to people who don't. Body mass index is the ratio of weight to height, and this indicates the body's fatness.
The results were discovered in spite of the fact that people who eat chocolate more frequently tend to have more calorie consumption, and these people didn't make up for it by exercising.
Research has it that chocolate may contain something that makes the calories from other food you eat less likely to be stored as fat. This was according to Dr. Beatrice Golomb, associate professor in the department of medicine at the University of California, San Diego.
Nevertheless, only an association was found out, not a direct cause-effect link. Before jumping into conclusions that chocolate is the cause of the slimness, further and more detailed study measuring people's consumption of chocolate, weight and health should be done.
Additionally, the research showed that those who frequently consumed a massive amount of chocolate had higher BMI's than people who consumed less amounts of chocolate less frequently. Golomb, said: "This does not provide free license to eat 30 pounds of chocolate every time you eat chocolate."
This research just adds to the ever growing evidence that chocolates have compounds that can speed up metabolism, increase the energy efficiency of cells, as well as lessen the fraction of calories consumed that are stored as fat.
The research was published yesterday, March 26, 2012, in the journal Archives of Medicine. However, a researcher who was not involved in the research agreed to disagree with the results, believing that there could be other factors aside from consuming chocolate that help chocolate eaters slim down.