Chocolate and Health
People who eat chocolate often tend to have a body mass index lower than people who do not consume, according to a study by the University of California (USA) published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
The study, conducted by Dr. Beatrice Golomb of the University of California, San Diego, and his team, giving a respite to those who believe that eating chocolate can result in some extra kilos.
The consumption of certain types of chocolate, especially the most pure and in moderation, has been associated with favorable metabolic changes associated with blood pressure, insulin sensitivity and cholesterol levels.The team discovered the metabolic benefits of eating small amounts of chocolate can result in reduced deposition of fat per calorie and offset the extra calories consumed.
To evaluate this hypothesis, the researchers analyzed data from 18 patients thousand men and women without previous cardiovascular problems, diabetes or high cholesterol. Participants answered questions about their eating habits, how many times per week ate chocolate and calculated body mass index (BMI). According to data collected, participants were 57 years average, chocolate ate about twice a week and exercised 3.6 times per week.
The study found that "adults who ate chocolate more frequently had a lower BMI than those who ate chocolate less often."The team emphasized that this study emphasizes the favorable metabolic associations of chocolate, but suggest that further research would be necessary to establish the metabolic benefits of cocoa.
The problem, they explain, is that chocolate products in its usual form is added sugar and fat, so caution that their study does not eliminate the possibility that some chocolates raise the body mass index or consumption in some people reduced not have the same effect.