Study: Eating lots of chocolate helps people stay thin

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    Mar 28, 2012 1:54 AM GMT
    I want to be skeptical... but nah - it seems obvious in retrospect ;)

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57405100-10391704/eating-lots-of-chocolate-helps-people-stay-thin-study-finds/

    The study found that people who frequently ate chocolate had a lower body mass index (BMI) than people who didn't.

    Is it time to ditch fat-free for fudge?

    For the study, published in the March 26 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers examined more than 1,000 healthy men and women who were free of heart disease, diabetes and cholesterol problems. They were all enrolled in another study that measured the effects of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, but for this study researchers assigned them questionnaires that gauged how often participants chowed down on chocolate.

    The researchers found that the participants - who were an average age of 57 - ate chocolate for an average of twice of week and exercised roughly 3.5 times per week. But the more frequent chocolate-eaters had smaller BMIs, a ratio of height and weight that's used to measure obesity
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    Mar 28, 2012 3:29 AM GMT
    Actually I believe the report is not a "lot" of chocolate but rather ate it often.

    A bite every other day is very different than 3-4 bars a day. They're talking more about the former, i believe.

    That said: there has been no direct link yet.

    As someone put it - personally i eat tons of chocolate, and yes I am thin. Then again, NOTHING gets me fat. So maybe it also happens to be that the more likely you are to put on weight easily the less likely you will be eating choco?

    And the less likely to gain weight, the more likely you'll indulge in the yummy stuff.

    That said, we've long known Chocolate can have good affects on the body.
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    Mar 28, 2012 3:34 AM GMT
    As reported by other sources today based on the same study finding, MILK CHOCOLATE as commonly found in chocolate bars is not helpful at all. It is DARK CHOCOLATE that has the most beneficial effects.

    By extension, raw cacao nibs should be awesome!!!
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    Mar 28, 2012 5:14 AM GMT
    intensity69 saidAs reported by other sources today based on the same study finding, MILK CHOCOLATE as commonly found in chocolate bars is not helpful at all. It is DARK CHOCOLATE that has the most beneficial effects.

    By extension, raw cacao nibs should be awesome!!!


    And then as well, I think people equate a candy bar,, such as a Snickers etc.. or a box of chocolates as being the same thing as a pure dark chocolate bar..which they're not.
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    Mar 28, 2012 5:21 AM GMT
    Chocolate and popcorn. Got it.
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    Mar 28, 2012 5:23 AM GMT
    Trollileo said
    beneful1 said
    intensity69 saidAs reported by other sources today based on the same study finding, MILK CHOCOLATE as commonly found in chocolate bars is not helpful at all. It is DARK CHOCOLATE that has the most beneficial effects.

    By extension, raw cacao nibs should be awesome!!!


    And then as well, I think people equate a candy bar,, such as a Snickers etc.. or a box of chocolates as being the same thing as a pure dark chocolate bar..which they're not.
    Too bad I think dark chocolate tastes like death.

    I'm gonna go eat a carrot.


    Even in candy, the darker pieces get no love... sigh...

    Totally kidding.

    Actually to me, dark semisweet chocolate is my favorite and the only thing I eat. Tasts like sweet coffee chunks.
  • austex85

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    Mar 28, 2012 5:37 AM GMT
    too lazy to read the article, but from the quoted text, there's nothing to suggest it was causation rather than correlation. maybe the ones with the lower BMI's knew they wouldn't be affected by chocolate, and tended to eat it more frequently, while those with higher BMI's tend to be afraid of the delicious evil known as chocolate.
  • hendo31

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    Mar 28, 2012 5:38 AM GMT
    i wish the major media that picked this up didn't twist the story to imply that eating chocolate will make you lose weight. I'm pretty certain that fat america will lose the "exercise 3x per week" portion