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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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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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To: goseminoles

Haha, I guess so. I think I’m permanently scarred from that picture.


21 posted on 03/27/2012 2:31:45 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Innovative

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!


22 posted on 03/27/2012 2:36:28 PM PDT by sheikdetailfeather ("We Need To Teach The Establishment a Lesson" - Newt Gingrich)
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To: miss marmelstein

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!


23 posted on 03/27/2012 2:37:15 PM PDT by goodnesswins (2012..."We mutually pledge our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor")
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To: Retired Greyhound

Chocolate chips are great!!


24 posted on 03/27/2012 2:37:43 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

Not to mention chocolate covered chips.


25 posted on 03/27/2012 2:42:21 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER ( Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: Innovative

I really love this thread.
Chocoholic Meg.
;o)


26 posted on 03/27/2012 2:42:48 PM PDT by MEG33 (O Lord, Guide Our Nation)
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To: EEGator

Haha.. its hard to make out which body part is which body part.


27 posted on 03/27/2012 2:44:17 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: Innovative

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*


28 posted on 03/27/2012 2:49:43 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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To: Doogle

The cat apparently read the fake story about eating a lot of chocolate mous(s)e.


29 posted on 03/27/2012 2:55:17 PM PDT by bramps (Newt is the one)
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto

I don’t care. You will never be my BFF. :-)


30 posted on 03/27/2012 2:55:37 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Innovative; miss marmelstein

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...


31 posted on 03/27/2012 2:58:07 PM PDT by odds
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To: Innovative

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.


32 posted on 03/27/2012 2:58:18 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: Innovative
I always love cause and effect assumptions. Perhaps the lower BMI folks stay thinner naturally and THEREFORE, don't worry about eating more chocolate.

Having a vacation home won't make a person rich, yet there is a very strong correlation.

33 posted on 03/27/2012 3:01:14 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: mamelukesabre

Is capsaicin the chemical in spicy foods?


34 posted on 03/27/2012 3:02:25 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Doogle

35 posted on 03/27/2012 3:11:35 PM PDT by JediJones (The Divided States of Obama's Declaration of Dependence: Death, Taxes and the Pursuit of Crappiness)
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To: Doogle

But I herd choklits wuz gud for u?


36 posted on 03/27/2012 3:12:24 PM PDT by JediJones (The Divided States of Obama's Declaration of Dependence: Death, Taxes and the Pursuit of Crappiness)
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To: EEGator

red chili pepper
jalapeno pepper
habernero pepper
tobasco sauce

etc.


37 posted on 03/27/2012 3:13:55 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: miss marmelstein
I trained myself to like the darker stuff. I can enjoy 85% now. And my stomach reacs if I eat too much so that is good. Worst thing: worse than crack cocaine:


38 posted on 03/27/2012 3:15:57 PM PDT by Yaelle (Santorum 2012 - our sole chance to stop the Rominee)
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To: Innovative
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.

That's the same rationale I use for eating pizza every day. That plus it's a vegetable.

39 posted on 03/27/2012 3:16:21 PM PDT by JediJones (The Divided States of Obama's Declaration of Dependence: Death, Taxes and the Pursuit of Crappiness)
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To: miss marmelstein

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.


40 posted on 03/27/2012 3:20:39 PM PDT by andyk (Go Juan Pablo!)
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To: mamelukesabre

Okay, I thought so. Thanks for the reply.


41 posted on 03/27/2012 3:20:46 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Innovative

If you look long enough and hard enough you can find a study that supports anything you espouse as the total truth.


42 posted on 03/27/2012 3:26:27 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: miss marmelstein; Yaelle

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!


43 posted on 03/27/2012 3:27:18 PM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: Innovative

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’

Tee hee!


44 posted on 03/27/2012 3:28:38 PM PDT by sneakers (Go Sheriff Joe!)
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To: JediJones; Tax-chick

Good caption, lol.


45 posted on 03/27/2012 3:29:02 PM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: mamelukesabre
if you add both theobromine and capsaicin to a hot tea or coffee drink it is a heluva pick-me-up.

I've got some baking chocolate and some pepper flakes. I'll have to give it a try.

46 posted on 03/27/2012 3:32:30 PM PDT by Overtaxed
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To: EEGator

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.


47 posted on 03/27/2012 3:34:57 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

There’s a reason things taste good to us...(as long as it’s natural)


48 posted on 03/27/2012 3:38:16 PM PDT by GOPJ (Democrat-Media Complex - buried stories and distorted facts... freeper 'andrew' Breitbart)
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To: Protect the Bill of Rights

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)?


49 posted on 03/27/2012 3:39:03 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: goodnesswins
... 85% Lindt Chocolate...

That stuff is SO GOOD!!!

50 posted on 03/27/2012 3:40:55 PM PDT by Finny ("The rules are made for people who aren't willing to make up their own." -- C. Yeager)
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