Chocolate helps in weight loss? It sounds too good to be true, but a new study has found that chocolate may cause a decrease in body mass index.
A recent article suggests that a measured intake of chocolate may cause a reduction in weight-to-height ratio (BMI). This new and encouraging finding joins a series of studies conducted in recent years to prove that chocolate may prevent heart disease, cancer and high blood pressure
An examination of the nutritional habits of nearly 1,000 subjects (for drug research) found surprising findings about chocolate. The researchers found that people who ate chocolate often enjoyed a lower weight. The article was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Participants ate chocolate twice a week and exercised three times a week on average. Although chocolate lovers consumed more calories and saturated fats, their body mass index was lower than those who did not eat chocolate.
What is BMI?
Body mass index (BMI) is the world standard for determining body mass index (BMI). Body weight (in kilograms) should be divided by your height (in meters) in a square.
Calories are not all.
The researchers explained that because chocolate products often contain a lot of sugar and fat, they tend to presume that they contribute to an increase in weight / height ratio. While it may still be true in some cases, it is not always accurate.
“Our findings are thought provoking,” the researchers write. “They match other findings that the composition of the food like the amount of calories, can affect the body mass index.”
In other words, not only the amount of calories determines the body mass, but also the content of the food. Some foods can cause obesity (such as fatty meat), while other foods (such as chocolate) help maintain or even reduce body mass.
So can you eat unlimited chocolate?
No. The study shows that people who eat chocolate every day in reasonable quantities have a lower body mass index. Anyone who gets a whole package every day does not enjoy the health benefits of chocolate.
“The association between more frequent consumption of chocolate and a lower weight / height ratio contradicts the assumption based solely on caloric intake,” the authors write. “However, the findings match the information accumulated in the medical literature that the nature and quantity of calories affect the components of metabolic syndrome .”
Metabolic syndrome is an accumulation of risk factors for cardiovascular disease and its presence predicts diabetes and mortality. The syndrome is characterized by 3 out of 5 characteristics which are abnormal obesity (high waist circumference), high blood lipid levels, low levels of HDL (good cholesterol), high levels of systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and high levels of fasting blood sugar.
One cube of chocolate a day.
Despite the fact that this article is very encouraging to the chocolate lovers, the researchers point out that further research is needed.
Until further research is done, it is important to remember that excessive chocolate consumption especially when it comes to sweet chocolate (milk chocolate), will lead to weight gain rather than weight loss. The recommendation today is to consume no more than a cube of chocolate a day to maintain health.