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

You forgot Chocolate before going to bed.

51 posted on 03/27/2012 3:50:10 PM PDT by Balata (It's 'WE THE PEOPLE' Obama, not 'WE THE SHEEPLE'!)
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To: Innovative

THIS IS THE BEST NEWS I HAVE EVER HEARD!!!!!!!!!

(Now if they could just find out that tequila and beer are good for your liver, and smoking cleans your lungs out...)


52 posted on 03/27/2012 3:50:22 PM PDT by Argus
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To: Balata
You forgot Chocolate before going to bed.

Chocolate DURING....um...bed. Within the sanctity of marriage of course, is what I meant to add.

53 posted on 03/27/2012 3:54:40 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (Sofa King Mitt Odd Did Obamneycare)
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To: Innovative

Chocolate is not empty calories and actually satisfies your hunger.


54 posted on 03/27/2012 4:11:48 PM PDT by pacpam (action=consequence and applies in all cases - friend of victory)
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To: Innovative
There was a lady where I used to work who was half Hispanic and addicted to Milk Duds and always had those and miniature Hershey bars in her candy dish. She was about 5’ 8” and not a lb over 130. She won a Triathlon at age 35 or so and participated in it when she was 40 and 45.
55 posted on 03/27/2012 4:15:50 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: Innovative

I agree. I know that I do this myself. I’ll try not to eat chocolate...then I end up eating the chocolate cake, which has the added detrimental quality of all the bad carbs.


56 posted on 03/27/2012 4:16:16 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: Sirius Lee

Bill Clinton's chocolate of choice


57 posted on 03/27/2012 4:21:58 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: Paved Paradise

It’s not the chocolate that is bad for you, it’s the way it is processed and everything added to it. They call that the “Dutching” Chocolate.


58 posted on 03/27/2012 4:36:31 PM PDT by Balata (It's 'WE THE PEOPLE' Obama, not 'WE THE SHEEPLE'!)
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To: Balata

What is Dutching (read the word but don’t know) and why is it bad?


59 posted on 03/27/2012 5:00:20 PM PDT by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell. Signed, a fanatic)
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To: bramps

I’d hate to see him really angry


60 posted on 03/27/2012 5:17:06 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Innovative

Happy, happy, joy, joy!!!!!!!


61 posted on 03/27/2012 5:21:27 PM PDT by MWestMom (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, But the heart of the fool to the left. Ecclesiastes10:2)
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To: little jeremiah

The Aztec and Myans discovered the health benefits of chocolate more than 1500 years ago. They use to drink it in a liquid form that was pure and very bitter. They added spices etc. so they could drink it.

When the Europeans found the new world they took the cocoa beans back to Europe, but knew the Europeans wouldn’t consume it because it was so bitter. The bitterness was (bio-active phytonutrients) which is basically the good stuff.

The Europeans then roasted and alkalized the cocoa beans, added refined, processed sugar, waxes, fillers, milk, etc. to make it taste better so they then had a market for it. This is what is known as the “Dutching Process”. This is also what made chocolate into candy.

The studies we are seeing today that show dark chocolate can have health benefits is basically the cocoa bean without the “Dutching” Process.


62 posted on 03/27/2012 5:22:22 PM PDT by Balata (It's 'WE THE PEOPLE' Obama, not 'WE THE SHEEPLE'!)
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To: EEGator
I’m going to drink a bottle of red wine, eat two Hershey’s bars, and live forever!

Hershey bars are full of refined sugar and milk. You need to eat 85% or higher coco content for the chocolate to be good for you.

63 posted on 03/27/2012 5:24:10 PM PDT by southern rock
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To: Sacajaweau

...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’m trying really hard not to hate you.... : )


64 posted on 03/27/2012 5:24:32 PM PDT by MWestMom (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, But the heart of the fool to the left. Ecclesiastes10:2)
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To: southern rock
Hershey bars are full of refined sugar and milk. You need to eat 85% or higher coco content for the chocolate to be good for you.

You are correct on the sugar and milk, but the % cocoa is different. What's important about the health benefits of Cocoa and is not it's percentage but if it has been roasted during the process.

Roasting destroys between 50-75% of the good bio active phyto-nutrients. As you know in nutrition when you cook veggies you destroy the nutrient value.

65 posted on 03/27/2012 5:33:58 PM PDT by Balata (It's 'WE THE PEOPLE' Obama, not 'WE THE SHEEPLE'!)
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To: southern rock

Do you have any easily available brand suggestions?


66 posted on 03/27/2012 5:35:52 PM PDT by bramps (Newt is the one)
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To: southern rock

Why must you ruin my delusion?


67 posted on 03/27/2012 5:41:12 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Innovative
So eating a big bag of M&M's watching tv is healthy now?? I'll let my chubby husband know that it is A-OK to that. lol I'm still staying away from chocolate, it makes me hungrier and I want more and more.
68 posted on 03/27/2012 5:45:48 PM PDT by ladyellen
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To: Balata

Hmm, I have bought bulk cocoa powder with no added ingredients - just plain, no sugar, nothing else, with the label “dutched”. I will have to look into this. I am not a huge chocolate fan but it has to be bittersweet or semisweet, milk chocolate has always made me gag.

I just make food with chocolate in it occasionally but heck, if it’s healthy, I’ll cook it more often.

So even roasting is bad? Is regular plain cocoa powder roasted?

I don’t agree that cooking vegies destroys nutrients thought. Raw potoates? ick.


69 posted on 03/27/2012 5:51:56 PM PDT by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell. Signed, a fanatic)
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To: little jeremiah

You probably have your best chance for healthy chocolate with the regular plain cocoa powder.

They do have unprocessed cocoa powder which would be best. Just check the label.


70 posted on 03/27/2012 6:02:30 PM PDT by Balata (It's 'WE THE PEOPLE' Obama, not 'WE THE SHEEPLE'!)
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To: EandH Dad; 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.

Shut UP!!!! Do NOT listen to him, MM. That stuff is nasty. Send it to me. I will dispose of it in a safe and responsible manner. No charge!

71 posted on 03/27/2012 6:06:21 PM PDT by Lady Lucky
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To: odds

Everyone loves to hear good new about their bad habits.


72 posted on 03/27/2012 6:34:06 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: Innovative
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.

In other words, "chocolate is good for you."

73 posted on 03/27/2012 6:40:23 PM PDT by okie01
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To: Balata

Thanks. I usually buy it in bulk bins because it’s much cheaper and I don’t recall any ingredients in it other than “cocoa”. I don’t eat any food with odd ingredients; actually we cook everything from scratch, mostly organic.


74 posted on 03/27/2012 7:51:29 PM PDT by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell. Signed, a fanatic)
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To: bramps

I like “Endangered Species” brand 88% bar myself. You can get it at any Whole Foods, or health store. Amazon.com has it as well.


75 posted on 03/27/2012 8:08:55 PM PDT by southern rock
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To: Balata

Interesting. I had read that the method of cooking counts for alot. Steaming is the best, and can actually realease more nutrients in some cases. I do always try to go for “raw” almond butter and cashew butter.


76 posted on 03/27/2012 8:11:53 PM PDT by southern rock
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To: little jeremiah; okie01; Innovative
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.

In other words, "chocolate is good for you."

Yes, the right chocolate can be good for you. Since this article is about weight loss and chocolate I want to point out a study which was just published in the current "American Journal of Bariatric Medicine". First of all, Bariatric Physicians are the MD's who specialize in weight loss. The featured study about weight loss and chocolate is on the front cover of their journal. It is entitled "Weight Loss Study Using a High Antioxidant Cocoa Meal Replacement and Lifestyle Intervention".

It was 50 individuals in a 12 week study who all finished and the average weight loss was 31.4 lbs. and an average decrease in waist circumference of 5.8 inches.

Not one person dropped out of the study and none experienced hunger.

A host of wellness factors including glucose management and others had amazing results. Not to mention patient compliance was very high.

It is suggested this study may change the weight loss industry so please stat tuned.

So yes, "Chocolate can be good for you."

77 posted on 03/27/2012 8:28:41 PM PDT by Balata (It's 'WE THE PEOPLE' Obama, not 'WE THE SHEEPLE'!)
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To: southern rock
Interesting. I had read that the method of cooking counts for alot. Steaming is the best, and can actually realease more nutrients in some cases. I do always try to go for “raw” almond butter and cashew butter.

It sounds like you are on the right track.

With respect to the cocoa bean if the processing temp. stays under approx. 120 degrees it will maintain nearly all of it's antioxidants. This comes from the fact antioxidants protect the cocoa beans and the beans can be grown in a climate where the temperature reaches up to 120 degrees.

Temperatures over that tend to destroy the bio active phyto-nutriants. In other words, the "good stuff."

78 posted on 03/27/2012 8:39:32 PM PDT by Balata (It's 'WE THE PEOPLE' Obama, not 'WE THE SHEEPLE'!)
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To: Balata

Thanks for the info.

Also, love your tagline! :)

“(It’s ‘WE THE PEOPLE’ Obama, not ‘WE THE SHEEPLE’!) “


79 posted on 03/27/2012 9:54:06 PM PDT by Innovative (Weakness is provocative.)
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To: Pride in the USA

Best thread of the day!


80 posted on 03/27/2012 9:56:27 PM PDT by lonevoice (Klepto Baracka Marxo, impeach we much.)
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To: Innovative
Thanks for this great news.

"My personal theory is that people who eat chocolate satisfy their cravings with a small amount of chocolate, "

I think the secret to eating chocolate is to let it melt in your mouth. Savor it. By that time, sweet cravings have been satisfied.

I have 2 lbs of dark chocolate and 2 lbs of white chocolate in the freezer. They're taking up a lot of space.

I will now have to force myself to eat a little bit each week. I'll schedule Wednesdays and Saturdays for this chore.

81 posted on 03/27/2012 10:29:28 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: Ezekiel

Wow, I’m not worthy. I go from 70% to 85% but never 100%. I was shocked that I could give up my previous favorite milk chocolate. Now dark is more tasty and more satisfying, and milk is far too sweet.


82 posted on 03/28/2012 12:20:26 AM PDT by Yaelle (Santorum 2012 - our sole chance to stop the Rominee)
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To: Innovative

Oh man, I’m gonna get the 6 bars of Snickers next time I’m in the store.


83 posted on 03/28/2012 12:47:02 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Innovative

I think it’s also good to point out thatthis must be dark chocolate, not the sugar stuffed milk-chocolate (though I admit, I prefer milk chocolate :)


84 posted on 03/28/2012 4:58:48 AM PDT by Cronos (Party like it's 12 20, 2012)
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To: Lady Lucky

It’s on its way, Lady Lucky!!!


85 posted on 03/28/2012 5:13:14 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: Yaelle

Yes! Those are like crack - the crunch first, then smooth sweet creamy chocolate. Now I’m craving it like the junkie that I am. LOL!


86 posted on 03/28/2012 5:17:59 AM PDT by Marie Antoinette (Newt Gingrich 2012 - The Man With a Plan)
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To: lonevoice

As a major chocoholic all my life, I love this news!


87 posted on 03/28/2012 10:20:03 AM PDT by Pride in the USA
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