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Study Finds That Regular Chocolate Eaters Are Actually Thinner

March 27, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
A U.S. study shows that adults who eat chocolate regularly tend to be thinner than those who don’t. For the study, researchers analyzed dietary and other information provided by 1,000 adults. They found that adults who ate chocolate on more days a week had a lower body mass index than those who ate chocolate less often. The researchers acknowledged that the size of the effect was modest, but nevertheless significant. The chocolate eaters consumed more calories and did not behave differently – for example, exercising more often – than the non-chocolate eaters. The data, researchers concluded, suggest that the composition of calories, not just the number, is important to the ultimate impact on weight.
B. A. Golomb et al., "Association Between More Frequent Chocolate Consumption and Lower Body Mass Index", Archives of Internal Medicine, March 27, 2012, © American Medical Association
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