Study: People who eat chocolate tend to be thinner

The Wall Street Journal reports that a recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggests that people who eat chocolate more frequently tend to be thinner than those who eat chocolate less frequently.

The Journal notes that participants who ate more chocolate did not consume more calories than those who ate chocolate less often.

The Journal adds, however, that the researchers warn that their study does not prove that a link exists between consuming chocolate and losing weight.

The New York Times reports in its “Well” blog that “the researchers could not explain precisely why something usually loaded with sugar, fat and calories would have a beneficial effect on weight. But they suspect that antioxidants and other compounds in chocolate may deliver a metabolic boost that can offset its caloric downside.”

USA Today notes that “the new research involved 1,018 healthy men and women, who exercised on average 3.6 times a week and had a balanced, nutritious diet. The body mass index of those who ate chocolate five times a week was 1 point lower than people who did not eat it regularly. Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight.”

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