Good news for chocolate lovers: A study in the new issue of Archives of Internal Medicine reveals that men and women who consume chocolate on a regular basis actually have lower BMI’s than those who do not.
Dr. Beatrice Golomb, author of the study and a professor in the medical department at the University of California, San Diego, is encouraging individuals to give in to their guilty pleasures and eat chocolate when they want it.
According to the results of the study, “adults who ate chocolate more frequently had a lower BMI than those who ate it less often.”
The benefits of chocolate have long been the topic of discussion among nutrition experts. Regular chocolate consumption has also been linked to higher metabolism – a key element aiding in weight loss. Other studies have confirmed that chocolate consumption helps with insulin sensitivity, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
So go ahead and grab that snickers from the vending machine when your 3 o’clock craving strikes – and don’t feel guilty about it. Chocolate is good for you – in moderation, of course.