Chocolate doesn’t make you fat? Really?

So I stumbled upon an article on the Internet, which unsurprisingly grabbed my attention thanks to the headline; ‘Chocolate may help keep people slim.’

This statement comes from a study done in America, which found that it’s not how much chocolate we eat that affects us, but it’s how often we eat it!

They measured the participants Body Mass Index (BMI), basically a measure of body their shape based on mass and height. To my amazement they found that those who ate chocolate more frequently had a lower BMI than those who consumed chocolate less often, even though greater frequency of chocolate intake was linked to greater calorie and saturated fat intake!

They believe that chocolate contains compounds called polyphenols, such as catechins, which have antioxidant properties. Catechins found in chocolate are believed to increase muscular performance and reduce weight in rats. This is not the first study to suggest chocolate isn’t all-bad, other studies have found that chocolate may even protect the heart!

The claim here is definitely not that chocolate is healthy, but that it could have beneficial effects, despite the high content of sugar and fats in it that are harmful to us.

So do you think this research is valid enough for people to feel that eating chocolate regularly isn’t such a bad thing, or do you think that there has already been too much publication on the bad effects of chocolate for people to ever believe claims like the ones above?  

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