the world turns. Seriously, I was not surprised by the results of a study found in the Archives of Internal Medicine that pointed to the correlation between consuming chocolate and a lower body mass index. Chocolate has proven antioxidants that have been known to reduce heart disease, as well as lowering blood pressure.
The study points out:
Body mass index (BMI) is part of the metabolic syndrome (MetS) picture, and other MetS elements relate favorably to moderate chocolate consumption. Therefore, we hypothesized that the benefits of modest frequent chocolate intake might extend to reduced fat deposition, potentially offsetting the added calories. To evaluate this, we examined the cross-sectional relationship of chocolate consumption frequency to BMI.
This study also focused on those from 20-85 years old, who participated in some form of aerobic activity at least three times a week.
Of course, this study does not point out is the need for moderation and making healthy choices. When one thinks about chocolate, it is usually the first instinct to grab a Hershey’s bar, a Twix bar, or some other milk chocolate delicacy. However, these are loaded with plenty of empty calories and ingredients that do not offer the benefits of dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is the best option, as it is loaded with plenty antioxidants and when consumed in smaller quantities offers more health benefits. Along with exercise, chocolate can be healthy.