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Nutrition - Get Skinny with Chocolate?


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#1 Beachdog

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 03:37 PM

By JENNIFER CORBETT DOOREN

It sounds a bit too good to be true: A new study has found people who eat chocolate more frequently tend to be thinner than those who consume the sweet treat less often.

Researchers asked about 1,000 adults in Southern California how many times a week they ate chocolate along with questions about other types of food and beverages. Body mass index, which is a measure of body fat, was also calculated as part of the study, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health.


http://online.wsj.co...8.html?mod=e2fb

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Skip the rest of the article with the disclaimers and caveats and passe moi le chocolate! :grin:

#2 Kathrynne Holden, MS

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 04:11 PM

At last, a study I can ingest with pleasure. Yes, forget the caveats, also the nasty comments, and bring on the Godiva!
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 04:28 PM

This is too good to be true !
"I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world." - Jesus (John 16:33)

#4 Kathrynne Holden, MS

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 04:37 PM

It's great to hear good news about something as delightful as chocolate!

And here's more good news:

Public release date: 11-Nov-2009
http://www.eurekaler...s-net111109.php

Contact: Michael Bernstein
m_bernstein@acs.org
202-872-6042
American Chemical Society
New evidence that dark chocolate helps ease emotional stress


The "chocolate cure" for emotional stress is getting new support from a clinical trial published online in ACS' Journal of Proteome Research. It found that eating about an ounce and a half of dark chocolate a day for two weeks reduced levels of stress hormones in the bodies of people feeling highly stressed. Everyone's favorite treat also partially corrected other stress-related biochemical imbalances.

Sunil Kochhar and colleagues note growing scientific evidence that antioxidants and other beneficial substances in dark chocolate may reduce risk factors for heart disease and other physical conditions. Studies also suggest that chocolate may ease emotional stress. Until now, however, there was little evidence from research in humans on exactly how chocolate might have those stress-busting effects.

In the study, scientists identified reductions in stress hormones and other stress-related biochemical changes in volunteers who rated themselves as highly stressed and ate dark chocolate for two weeks. "The study provides strong evidence that a daily consumption of 40 grams [1.4 ounces] during a period of 2 weeks is sufficient to modify the metabolism of healthy human volunteers," the scientists say.

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ARTICLE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
"Metabolic Effects of Dark Chocolate Consumption on Energy, Gut Microbiota, and Stress-Related Metabolism in Free-Living Subjects"

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