A Chocolate a Day to Get Slimmer? Wow! – Santa Monica Real Estate

Santa Monica foodies – it sounds a bit too good to be true: A new study has found people who eat chocolate more frequently tend to be thinner than those who consume the sweet treat less often.

Researchers asked about 1,000 adults in Southern California how many times a week they ate chocolate along with questions about other types of food and beverages. Body mass index, which is a measure of body fat, was also calculated as part of the study, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health.

The participants who ate chocolate more often didn’t consume fewer calories overall, or exercise more, than their non-chocoholic counterparts. In fact, the more frequent chocolate eaters consumed more total calories.

The study participants on average ate chocolate two times a week and exercised 3.6 times a week. Their average age was 57 and nearly 70% were men. They had an average body mass index of 28, which is considered overweight. The adults in the chocolate study were initially screened for separate research on cholesterol-lowering drugs.

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