Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Health:  Can Chocolate Make You Thin?

In recent years, a growing body of research has pointed to the benefits of chocolate — it's loaded with antioxidants and improves everything from blood pressure to cholesterol levels — and now, according to a new study, it might also make you thinner.
Adults who consume chocolate more frequently had a lower BMI than those who consumed chocolate less often, note the authors, who were led by Dr. Beatrice A. Golomb at the University of California, San Diego. This is true for men and women of all ages, regardless of the amount of chocolate eaten, and wasn't linked to higher rates of exercise by the subjects.

Causation and correlation are two very different things, and the study's authors hedge their findings, saying that, causality in the observed association cannot be presumed.

But, in studies on mice, epicatechin, a compound in cacao, has been shown to increase lean muscle mass and to reduce weight without changing calories. Parallel processes in humans, if present, could underlie our findings, the researchers note.

From Can Chocolate Make You Thin? by Matt Skenazy, March 26, 2012 at Miller-McCune.

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