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Eating lots of chocolate helps people stay thin, study finds
CBS News ^ | March 27, 2012 | Ryan Jaslow

Posted on 03/27/2012 2:07:44 PM PDT by Innovative

The study found that people who frequently ate chocolate had a lower body mass index (BMI) than people who didn't.

The researchers found that the participants - who were an average age of 57 - ate chocolate for an average of twice of week and exercised roughly 3.5 times per week. But the more frequent chocolate-eaters had smaller BMIs, a ratio of height and weight that's used to measure obesity.

What explains the effect? Even though chocolate can be loaded with calories, it's full of antioxidants and other ingredients that may promote weight loss, the researchers said.

(Excerpt) Read more at cbsnews.com ...


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KEYWORDS: chocolate; health; weightloss
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We can all use some good news, right about now. ;)

My personal theory is that people who eat chocolate satisfy their cravings with a small amount of chocolate, those who don't, eat other, higher calorie foods, while trying to deprive themselves of chocolate and end up eating more.

1 posted on 03/27/2012 2:07:54 PM PDT by Innovative
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To: Innovative
Whew! That's what I think, too but I didn't think anyone would believe me.

Anyway, that's my story too, and I'm sticking to it!

2 posted on 03/27/2012 2:11:58 PM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Typed using <FONT STYLE=SARCASM> unless otherwise noted)
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To: Innovative

I’m going to drink a bottle of red wine, eat two Hershey’s bars, and live forever!


3 posted on 03/27/2012 2:12:16 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Innovative

Now, THAT’s what I’m talkin’ about!!


4 posted on 03/27/2012 2:12:40 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Innovative

You can only eat the bitter stuff to get the effects. I hate bittersweet and super dark chocolate. Really nasty stuff. Unless I use it in baking which means adding sugar. The sugar, of course, negates any benefits.


5 posted on 03/27/2012 2:14:56 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: Innovative

I LOVE this study!! :)


6 posted on 03/27/2012 2:17:01 PM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: miss marmelstein
The sugar, of course, negates any benefits.

SHHHH!!! Don't tell me that!! ;)

7 posted on 03/27/2012 2:18:31 PM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: miss marmelstein

The bitter stuff is my favorite.

I love 70% Dark Chocolate.

Guess I’m gonna be thin and healthy.


8 posted on 03/27/2012 2:19:29 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound (.)
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To: Innovative

I love chocolate, but here’s what probably happens when you eat too much of it:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2863656/posts

(WARNING: VERY large woman on the link)


9 posted on 03/27/2012 2:20:02 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'll "vote for an orange juice can", over Barry 0bummer and another 4yrs of his Regime From Hell!)
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To: Innovative

And you should eat the good stuff — notimatation chocolate that has been diluted with all kinds of additives.


10 posted on 03/27/2012 2:20:43 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: carriage_hill

How does one go to the bathroom when they are that fat?


11 posted on 03/27/2012 2:21:39 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Innovative
Think about it. It's an energy food....a driver...I always had a candy bar at lunch in high school. It kept me alert and vibrant.

...and a hot fudge Sunday every day when I started working. I weigh the same as when I was 17...and I'm 68. I'm also fortunate to have good genes.

12 posted on 03/27/2012 2:22:43 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: miss marmelstein

I promise if you develop a taste for the bitter super dark chocolate nothing else will take it’s place. Let it melt in your mouth and sip some water. Excellent. Don’t go for the high percentage stuff at first but you WILL work your way up to it.


13 posted on 03/27/2012 2:25:00 PM PDT by EandH Dad (sleeping giants wake up REALLY grumpy)
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To: Retired Greyhound

Lucky you! I just can’t get that stuff down.


14 posted on 03/27/2012 2:25:14 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: Innovative

I’ve always tried to practice some moderation in my chocolate intake, but now, who cares? Chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner now!


15 posted on 03/27/2012 2:26:22 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Innovative

"..bullssssssshiite"

16 posted on 03/27/2012 2:26:28 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: EandH Dad

What would be a low percentage? I’m near a wonderful gourmet shop. Maybe I could pick up some bars there. Do you have any favorite brands?


17 posted on 03/27/2012 2:26:43 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: Sacajaweau

Dear Sacajaweau,

I hate you.

Sincerely,
Mangia ;)


18 posted on 03/27/2012 2:27:37 PM PDT by Mangia E Statti Zitto
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To: EEGator

Very carefully....


19 posted on 03/27/2012 2:28:46 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: carriage_hill

But she has a pretty face and a great personality!!


20 posted on 03/27/2012 2:29:23 PM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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