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Eating lots of chocolate helps people stay thin, study finds....Is This Good News To Everyone?

Little Angel 2012/03/27 17:02:28
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(CBS News) What's the best way to stay thin? A new study finds it's exercising and eating a healthy diet full of - chocolate?

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

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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.

What explains the effect? Even
though chocolate can be loaded with calories, it's full of antioxidants
and other ingredients that may promote weight loss, the researchers
said.

"I was pretty happy with this news myself," study author
Dr. Beatrice Golomb, associate professor of medicine at the University
of California-San Diego, told USA Today. "Findings show the composition of calories, not just the number of them, matters for determining ultimate weight."

Does that mean all diet regimens should include a daily chocolate bar? The researchers say it's too soon to tell.

"Our
findings - that more frequent chocolate intake is linked to lower BMI -
are intriguing," the authors wrote. However, "It is not a siren call to
go out and eat 20 pounds of chocolate a day," Golomb told HealthDay.

This
isn't the first study to suggest a daily dose of chocolate can do the
body good. Last summer, a study of more than 100,000 people found those
who ate the most chocolate were 39 percent less likely to get heart
disease and 29 percent less likely to have a stroke, HealthPop reported. Months later a 10-year study of 33,000 women found a 30 percent reduced risk of stroke among chocaholics.

But
experts warn not all chocolate is created equal, and some could contain
lots of sugar and calories, which could lead to other health issues if
consumed daily.

"I would not want people reading this to think
that all [they] need to do to lose weight is eat more chocolate," Dr.
David Katz, director of the Yale Prevention Research Center in New
Haven, Conn., told WebMD.
"That would be a huge mistake." Katz suggests dark chocolate, because
of its bitter flavor, may suppress appetite whereas sweet chocolate may
stimulate it.

The Mayo Clinic has more on chocolate.

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  • harley oldman 2012/04/03 17:20:45
    None of the above
    harley oldman
    The only thing eating a lot of Choc. does is keep Jenny Craig, etc. in business.
  • Tim 2012/03/29 03:12:12
    I think it is great, I love chocolate!
    Tim
    +1
    Nice, 80% dark for Tim.
  • lea ott 2012/03/29 02:35:05
    None of the above
    lea ott
    Like everything else, there are people who can not enjoy chocolate for medical reasons. :-(
  • Ol'Dave 2012/03/29 00:21:45
    I think it is great, I love chocolate!
    Ol'Dave
    +2
    I like DARK CHOCOLATE, and Dr's say that is the best one!!
  • Little ... Ol'Dave 2012/03/29 01:15:35
    Little Angel
    +1
    You are right but only in moderation.
  • Picasso... Little ... 2012/03/30 15:48:06 (edited)
    Picasso's Cat
    How true, and I've got those magic beans that lead to a healthful future. I started eating raw peeled Cacao Beans a few years ago when a friend that took a trip to Panama came back with some, telling me of the Panama's Kuna Indian population natives there that had no history of heart desese because they were heavy consumers of cacao beans.
    The Kuna Indians living on the islands had almost nonexistent rates of heart disease and cancer compared to those that live in the United States.
    The natives improved blood flow after consumption of flavanol-rich cacao beans fruit helped to achieve health benefits in hearts and other organs. In particular, the benefits extend to the brain and had important implications for learning and memory.

    I read a 15 year study of elderly men published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2006 found a 50 percent reduction in cardiovascular mortality and a 47 percent reduction in all-cause mortality for the men regularly consuming the cacao beans fruit.

    I use to take asprin two three times a day for pain, one week after i started to eat 10 beans a day I stopped taking asprin, because I had no pain. That was three years ago, never touched asprin again. magic beans
    Magic Beans
  • BritPunk Ol'Dave 2012/03/29 14:48:01
    BritPunk
    +1
    The good stuff :-
    Cadbury
  • CUDDLY BUT STILL CRABBY 2012/03/28 23:26:47
    I think it is great, I love chocolate!
    CUDDLY BUT STILL CRABBY
    BUT it has been proven to give me kidney stones. OUCH.
  • Little ... CUDDLY ... 2012/03/28 23:30:29
    Little Angel
    +1
    When they say lots, I don't think they are talkng about as much chocolate most people
    on SH think it is. I don't even eat it everyday and only a small amount. I have never
    had kidney stones and in fact I am really quite healthy.
  • CUDDLY ... Little ... 2012/03/28 23:31:58
    CUDDLY BUT STILL CRABBY
    Nothing better than a Hershey Almond chocolate bar, chilled.
  • Piper 2012/03/27 23:43:58
    Undecided
    Piper
    +1
    That would probably depend on what is considered "lots of chocolate", and what kind. I'm pretty sure that those who eat chocolate candy all the time, in addition to their regular meals, aren't going to have less body fat than those who don't.
  • Little ... Piper 2012/03/28 23:32:30
    Little Angel
    +1
    Everything should be done in moderation, I think it sounds like you need to eat
    large amounts but that isn't true. And they do say not every chocolate is equal.
  • 666_Maggots~I'm a female! 2012/03/27 23:37:20
    I think it is great, I love chocolate!
    666_Maggots~I'm a female!
    +1
    Peeeeeerfect. Girl tries to finally get at least over 90 pounds and I find out my favorite thing on Earth keeps me super thin.
  • Manster 2012/03/27 21:19:17
    Undecided
    Manster
    I'm not buying it. However, one of my former coworkers, who is a big time chocoholic,will love this news! LOL!
  • Dana 2012/03/27 20:39:36
    I think it is great, I love chocolate!
    Dana
    +1
    I'm in!
  • Heyow:) 2012/03/27 20:37:49
    I think it is great, I love chocolate!
    Heyow:)
    +1
    chocolate mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...
  • Picasso's Cat 2012/03/27 18:59:25 (edited)
    I think it is great, I love chocolate!
    Picasso's Cat
    +2
    That's the best news I heard all year, I'm gonna switch from twinkies to box chocolates.

    cholate lover
    How many boxes a day did they say we should eat, lol!!!!!
  • Gregaj7 2012/03/27 18:43:00
    I think it is great, I love chocolate!
    Gregaj7
    +2
    The correct chocolate is the issue.
  • Little ... Gregaj7 2012/03/27 22:30:27
    Little Angel
    +1
    Dark chocolate is the best and more effective.
  • Gregaj7 Little ... 2012/03/27 22:36:13
    Gregaj7
    +1
    Completely agreed!
  • Picasso... Gregaj7 2012/03/30 15:44:22
    Picasso's Cat
    +1
    How true, and I've got those magic beans that lead to a healthful future. I started eating raw peeled Cacao Beans a few years ago when a friend that took a trip to Panama came back with some, telling me of the Panama's Kuna Indian population natives there that had no history of heart desese because they were heavy consumers of cacao beans.
    The Kuna Indians living on the islands had almost nonexistent rates of heart disease and cancer compared to those that live in the United States.
    The natives improved blood flow after consumption of flavanol-rich cacao beans fruit helped to achieve health benefits in hearts and other organs. In particular, the benefits extend to the brain and had important implications for learning and memory.

    I read a 15 year study of elderly men published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2006 found a 50 percent reduction in cardiovascular mortality and a 47 percent reduction in all-cause mortality for the men regularly consuming the cacao beans fruit.

    I use to take asprin two three times a day for pain, one week after i started to eat 10 beans a day I stopped taking asprin, because I had no pain. That was three years ago, never touched asprin again.

    cacao fruit
    Magic Beans !
  • Bocephus 2012/03/27 18:02:44
  • Little ... Bocephus 2012/03/27 22:36:55
    Little Angel
    Everyone is welcome to their own opinion but your opinion does not make what
    I posted BS. I am willing to believe it because over 4 years ago I lost a lot of
    weight and I ate chocolate the entire time I was losing.
    Besides, it is not the calories or what you eat that causes weight gain or the
    inability to lose. I ate what I wanted and did no exercise at all. In fact I was in
    a wheel chair for 2 months during the time I was losing. I lost over 50 lbs.
    then and lost another 8 lbs. since.
  • Bocephus Little ... 2012/03/27 22:41:27
  • Little ... Bocephus 2012/03/27 23:17:59
    Little Angel
    I didn't lose it from eating only chocolate and that is not what the article is
    about. I ate 3 meals a day but had chocolate cake, candy, or whatever I
    wanted. I didn't say I lost it from just eating the chocolate but you don't
    have to count calories or exercise to lose weight. And if the weight is
    lost slowly it will stay off.
    Nothing dumb about me since I was able to lose weight, keep it off, and
    helped a couple of my friends lose weight. And on top of that I am healthy
    and very active now. Before I lost the weight I was on a lot of Prescription
    Drugs that I no longer take.
  • Bocephus Little ... 2012/03/27 23:28:11
  • Little ... Bocephus 2012/03/27 23:57:37
    Little Angel
    No, I am not the exception to the rule, anyone who does the right thing to
    lose weight will lose weight. They will lose it slowly and it will stay off, unlike
    peopple who go on diets to lose weight and then gain it right back.

    I asked a Doctor how to lose weight and kind of diet is best. He replied " No
    diet, just eat the foods you like and are used to eating, only, EAT LESS!"
    Have desert but only one small piece of cake, not half it and never take
    2nd helpings of anything. Never eat close to going to bed for the night.
    It was hard the first 2 weeks but just had to remind myself that I didn't
    need that much food. I lways stop eating now when I am full. Sure saved
    a lot on the food bill too.
  • Bocephus Little ... 2012/03/28 00:04:37
  • Little ... Bocephus 2012/03/28 11:52:12
    Little Angel
    Some people can't exercise and it really isn't needed to lose weight. Also chocolate is good for you as it curbs the cravings for sweets & has antioxidants that help promote loss of weight. That doesn't mean to
    eat a box of chocolates or several candy bars every day. To lose weight, you must have self contol and it seems a lot of people on SH don't have any. I keep chips & sweets in the house, a small bag of chips will last a month. I also need the salt, so that is why I have chips.
  • gracious43 2012/03/27 17:47:28
    Undecided
    gracious43
    It is about dark chocolate. Yuck! There is always a catch about these things.
  • Just me ♥ 2012/03/27 17:41:50
    None of the above
    Just me ♥
    +1
    They probably studied people who ate dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate. Not all chocolate are the same.
  • Little ... Just me ♥ 2012/03/28 11:52:58
    Little Angel
    The article did mention not all chocolate is the same.
  • wtxwoman 2012/03/27 17:38:33
    None of the above
    wtxwoman
    +1
    That's the biggest bunch of BS I have ever heard! I have eaten chocolate almost everyday of my whole life and I was thin as a child and young adult. I've been thin and fat a couple of times since and believe me, chocolate didn't figure into the equation. Pure BS!
  • Bocephus wtxwoman 2012/03/27 18:04:03
  • wtxwoman Bocephus 2012/03/27 18:47:01
    wtxwoman
    +1
    Don't you love it when you buy a bar of candy and it says it's four servings...right! Usually once it's out of the wrapper, it's history.
  • Bocephus wtxwoman 2012/03/27 18:53:17
  • wtxwoman Bocephus 2012/03/27 19:04:51
    wtxwoman
    +2
    Never. Now that's a bath I could enjoy. LOL
  • FanOreilly 2012/03/27 17:33:57
    I think it is great, I love chocolate!
    FanOreilly
    +2
    Are you playing with my emotions?
  • Little ... FanOreilly 2012/03/27 17:40:56
    Little Angel
    +1
    No, I knew for sometime that chocolate was good for several health
    problems but not that it might help with weight loss. A few years ago
    I lost a lot of weight & I ate chocolate during that time as I always do
    but never thought that it might have helped.

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