By Assia Mortensen
New findings at the University of California, San Diego may call into question one of the biggest objections to eating chocolate: That is, it will make you fat.
The study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine on March 26, 2012, indicates that adults who regularly consume chocolate are thinner than those who don’t … yes, thinner.
Beatrice Golomb, MD, PhD, and colleagues examined dietary information for 1000 adult men and women from San Diego, CA. They hypothesize that regular chocolate consumption in moderate amounts might be calorie-neutral. This means that the metabolic benefits of eating chocolate could lead to less fatty deposits in the body.
Chocolate is indeed good for you, says Michael Antonorsi, chef at Chuao Chocolatier. “It’s not just the antioxidants. For me, the biggest healing power chocolate has is how you feel when you’re eating it.”
Another study conducted at Neurosciences Institute in San Diego, California revealed a variety of health benefits from chocolate. Researchers reported that cocoa contains certain flavonoids, which offer strong cardiovascular benefits, and a trio of neurotransmitters, which enhance a sense of pleasure or well-being.
However, when it comes to the health benefits of chocolate, go for the real stuff — the darker the better.
Chocolate Fun Facts:
- Some chocolate manufacturers choose their beans in the same way as a wine-maker chooses his or her grapes.
- For the Aztecs, chocolate was a luxury and the beans were like gold, a rare commodity that served as both currency and gifts for kings and gods.
- The Imperial torte, a square chocolate cake with five thin layers of almond paste, was created by a master pastry chef at the court of Emperor Franz Joseph (1830 – 1916).
- The fruits of the cacao tree, which take the form of pods, range from bright red to yellow.
- In some parts of Venezuela, the cacao bean is still cultivated just as it was at the time of the Aztecs.
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Chocolate Source; Test Your Chocolate IQ; Accessed October 4, 2012
UC San Diego News; Chocolate Eaters are Thinner; Accessed October 4, 2012
CNN; Researchers say chocolate triggers feel-good chemicals; Linda Ciampa; Accessed October 4, 2012