We love having a doctor in the family, Mauro Zappaterra MD. PhD. (Harvard Medical School), as he is always researching new and amazing studies on how fantastic chocolate really is for us. And this newest study might be the best yet!
It is a study that was looking into an association between chocolate consumption and fatness in European adolescents. As there is a substantial interest in the potential role of chocolate in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. It has been recently reported that a higher frequency of chocolate intake is linked to lower body mass index (BMI) in adults. The aim of the present study was to determine if higher chocolate consumption also is associated with lower BMI, as well as other markers of total and central body fat, in adolescents.
This study comprised 1458 adolescents (ages 12.5-17.5 y) participating in HELENA-CSS (Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence Cross-Sectional Study). Dietary intake was self-registered using a computer-based tool for 24-h dietary recall on 2 non-consecutive days. Weight and height were measured, and BMI was calculated. Adiposity was estimated using skinfolds (Slaughter’s equation) and bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA). Waist circumference was measured. Sexual maturation also was recorded. Physical activity was measured by accelerometry.
Basically this study shows us that a higher chocolate consumption was associated with lower total and central fatness in European adolescents.
INTENTIONAL CHOCOLATE’s conclusion on this study – EAT UP!!! More chocolate please! Visit http://www.intentionalchocolate.com
SOURCE: Department of Medical Physiology, School of Medicine, University of Granada, Granada, Spain by Cuenca-García M, Ruiz JR, Ortega FB, Castillo MJ; HELENA study group.