EATING chocolate could lower levels of total and abdominal fat, according to a new study.
New research published in journal Nutrition shows higher chocolate consumption in adolescents is also associated with lower BMI, as well as other markers of total and central body fat.
Another recent study also showed that a higher frequency of chocolate intake is linked to lower body mass index (BMI) in adults.
There is a substantial interest in the potential role of chocolate in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.
The aim of the present study was to determine if higher chocolate consumption also is associated with lower BMI, as well as other markers of total and central body fat, in adolescents.
In this study, researchers from the University of Granada found higher consumption of chocolate was linked to lower levels of total and abdominal fat (as measured through body fat percentage, body mass index and waist circumference).
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They studied the diets and health outcomes of 1458 adolescents, aged 12-17, participating in Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence Cross-Sectional Study.
Higher chocolate consumption was associated with lower levels of total and central fatness, as estimated by BMI, body fat estimated from skinfolds and BIA, and waist circumference, regardless of potential confounders (such as physical activity, fruit and vegetable consumption, saturated fat consumption, sex and energy intake).
The results demonstrate that a higher chocolate consumption was associated with lower total and central fatness in European adolescents.
However, researchers did not look at the type of chocolate consumed in the study.
A study published last year in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine suggested that people who consume chocolate often have lower BMI’s.
That research found that among about 1000 Californians, age 20 to 85, individuals who consumed chocolate more frequently had a lower BMI than those who consumed it less often.