This study PROVES that eating chocolate can make you lose weight!
We all love chocolate. The way it looks, the way it smells, the way it melts on your tongue… but unfortunately eating chocolate is often accompanied by a side-serving of guilt. ‘How many hours do I need to spend at the gym to burn off these calories?’ we ask ourselves. But this type of guilt is soon to be a thing of the past.
A new study has recently proven that eating chocolate can help us maintain a healthy weight.
2 years ago, American researchers noticed that consuming high amounts of chocolate resulted in a lower BMI (body mass index), despite the fact that chocolate contains fat and calories.
The study was conducted on 1018 people, ages 20-85. The conclusion was that the more chocolate people consumed, the lower their BMI, the smaller their waist and the less body fat they had. Age and sex don’t seem to have an influence on these results, but it should be noted that the researchers also took into account the participants’ diets, eating habits, exercise and overall lifestyle before reaching their conclusion.
The researchers mainly attribute these results to the presence of polyphenols in chocolate, which have a scientifically proven antioxidant effect. We know that these substances, especially flavonoids in particular, can help reduce the risk of cardio-vascular disease.
So does this mean that we can now eat an entire bar of chocolate without a care in the world? It’s not that simple. Scientists are still waiting for confirmation of these initial findings. Most importantly, they’re waiting for evaluation of the various aspects of chocolate eating, such as whether dark chocolate and milk chocolate have the same effects. So for the moment, keep eating chocolate in moderation, but feel free to get rid of the guilt and just enjoy!
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- 2 limes
- Olive oil
- Soy sauce
- Red onion, minced
- Lightly sautée the peanuts until golden.
- Take the carrots and cut into thin slices.
- Peel the mango and slice into thin strips.
- Squeeze the juice from 2 limes into a bowl, and add olive oil, soy sauce, minced onion, salt and pepper.
- In a bowl, toss together the mango, carrot, rocket, and lime-soy dressing.