Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Checking in on Chocolate

Many of us probably try to avoid chocolate, as we associate chocolate with being a truly sinful dessert that will make us fat. Recent research has explored and found that higher consumption of chocolate is associated with lower levels of total and central fat. This was the first study of its kind to measure body mass index and body fat percentage to find results. This information was found independent from whether or not the individual participates in regular physical activity and from diet. This study also supported the fact that chocolate is high in antioxidants which can help in preventing forms of heart disease. The researchers stressed that food cannot be judged just solely on caloric content, but rather the calorie content and their health components. Although we should not consume this treat in excessive amounts, enjoying a portion of chocolate can provide many health benefits. 

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