Hurray! Chocolate is good for your health.
A study said so, so that gives me the freedom to over-indulge until I get a wicked chocolate high, right?
Here’s the catch, y’all – you have to eat it in moderation, just like the red wine that you’re drinking in moderation for the health benefits.
A study led by Beatrice Golomb and colleagues at the University of California San Diego found that healthy people who eat chocolate regularly and exercise have a lower body mass index (BMI) than those who consume chocolate less often.
Participants in the study ate chocolate twice a week and exercised an average of 3.6 times a week.
Golomb reported, “Adults who consumed chocolate more frequently had a lower BMI than those who consumed chocolate less often,” adding that their findings of “more frequent chocolate intake is linked to lower BMI.”
Choco-holics beware, however – even though chocolate can provide heart healthy benefits due to cocoa’s antioxidants, the downside is all of the calories, fat and sugar.
And, of course, dark chocolate is always recommended over milk chocolate.
This new chocolate news could be a big help to dieters. After all, sugar deprivation can be a slippery slope. Things are going great when you cut all sugar from your diet… and then one day you cave, have that one Thin Mint cookie, and before you know it – you’ve devoured an entire sleeve.
Even if it’s only in moderation, I’ll take it. After all, every day you read about something else that can be harmful to your health, so it’s nice to know that sweet comforting chocolate can actually help with your weight loss efforts.