Skip to comments.Eating lots of chocolate helps people stay thin, study finds
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.
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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.
Anyway, that's my story too, and I'm sticking to it!
I’m going to drink a bottle of red wine, eat two Hershey’s bars, and live forever!
Now, THAT’s what I’m talkin’ about!!
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.
I LOVE this study!! :)
SHHHH!!! Don't tell me that!! ;)
The bitter stuff is my favorite.
I love 70% Dark Chocolate.
Guess I’m gonna be thin and healthy.
I love chocolate, but here’s what probably happens when you eat too much of it:
(WARNING: VERY large woman on the link)
And you should eat the good stuff — notimatation chocolate that has been diluted with all kinds of additives.
How does one go to the bathroom when they are that fat?
...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.
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.
Lucky you! I just can’t get that stuff down.
I’ve always tried to practice some moderation in my chocolate intake, but now, who cares? Chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner now!
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?
I hate you.
But she has a pretty face and a great personality!!
Haha, I guess so. I think I’m permanently scarred from that picture.
I like York Peppermint patties. Not so big on milk chocolate as it is very sweet. I also like hot fudge sundies made with butter pecan ice cream and cashews but then that would be fattening. lol!
It’s like learning to like beer.....you start out with the lighter kinds and work your way up.....we eat 85% Lindt Chocolate....at first it was “bitter”....it isn’t now. Whether it keeps you “thin” is, I believe, interesting. I wish I was thinner!
Chocolate chips are great!!
Not to mention chocolate covered chips.
I really love this thread.
Haha.. its hard to make out which body part is which body part.
Or, it could be that perpetual dieters (those with weight to lose) don’t eat chocolate, and only the naturally slender do. How nice it would be not to have to obsess over everything one eats. I know it can be done. Our son-in-law is that way. He eats burgers, drinks milkshakes and regular sodas and stays slim and trim. The rest of us are eating salads and drinking diet soda trying to lose. *sigh*
The cat apparently read the fake story about eating a lot of chocolate mous(s)e.
I don’t care. You will never be my BFF. :-)
They say dark chocolate, in moderation, can help prevent or minimise risk of heart disease - scientifically or figuratively, maybe in ‘matters of the heart’ as well. Some say dark chocolate (cocoa solids) can lower blood pressure too.
Besides, chocolate is supposed to be an aphrodisiac. Well, according to the movie “Chocolat” with Juliette Binoche...
There’s more to it than that.
A very very old pugilist’s trick...
if you need to drop a weight class, or if you are over your boxing weight, eat a hershey bar before every workout. It is like a drug that makes you burn more calories during physical exertion. Its like a milder version of cocaine.
There are a few substances that have some curious effects on people and animals. Theobromine, capsaicin, cocaine, caffeine, and ginseng.
Theobromine is highly addictive and highly pleasurable in dogs and causes them to have increased energy. It can cause them to have a heart attack if enough is eaten. You should not allow a dog to eat any of it. It is to a dog like snorting coke is to a human.
Capsaicin is a performance enhancement in horses and also causes them to feel no pain. It is not known if it is pleasurable to them...at least it is not known by me. It is actually illegal to give a horse capsaicin.
Both theobromine and capsaicin have similar but muted effects in humans as they do in dogs and horses. I’ve never tried it but I’m told if you add both theobromine and capsaicin to a hot tea or coffee drink it is a heluva pick-me-up.
Having a vacation home won't make a person rich, yet there is a very strong correlation.
Is capsaicin the chemical in spicy foods?
red chili pepper
That's the same rationale I use for eating pizza every day. That plus it's a vegetable.
A low percentage dark chocolate would be 50-60%. Since working the way up percentage-wise, I find that anything below 70% tastes too sweet now.
Okay, I thought so. Thanks for the reply.
If you look long enough and hard enough you can find a study that supports anything you espouse as the total truth.
I am enjoying a piece of 100% chocolate as I type. Just pure baking chocolate, no other ingredient. I eat this health food every day, yum. :)
Funny thing, before I cut way down on the carbs overall, this stuff tasted bitter. But after drastically reducing sweet-tasting food items from my diet (and eating much more animal protein and vegetables), the bitter taste of foods went away. Not just chocolate, but all sorts of odd stuff [that I wasn’t trying to acquire a taste for], like the whitish leaves of lettuce near the core, other previously nasty-tasting greens, the black part of the skins on walnuts, black teas, strong coffee, and so forth.
I am a chocoholic so if I don’t have my daily ration of 100%, I will hunt down the sugared variety. And I can’t ration that kind at all!
Oh baby, baby, baby! I am so there! Count me in! And let me tell ya - if you could see me you’d say ‘that woman needs to eat a LOT of Cho olate’
Good caption, lol.
I've got some baking chocolate and some pepper flakes. I'll have to give it a try.
That’s a *very disturbing image* and I don’t want to even go there. Read the full thread, as someone asks about “hygiene”... yuk.
There’s a reason things taste good to us...(as long as it’s natural)
I can’t/won’t look; I ruined my eyes on that thread the other day. How could her husband/kids allow that to happen (she willingly did it to herself)?
That stuff is SO GOOD!!!