Scientists: Chocolate contains ingredients for weight loss

Indulging in chocolate regularly may help keep you slim, according to new research.  The findings come from a study that looked at the diet, calorie intake and body mass index of about 1,000 people.

According to the BBC, the study found those who ate chocolate a few times a week were, on average, slimmer than those who ate it occasionally.  Chocolate does have a lot of calories but scientists believe it also has ingredients that help with weight loss.

The study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that regular chocolate consumption was related to a lower body mass index and the link remained even when other factors like exercise were taken into account.  Scientists also found that how often you eat chocolate is more important than the amount you ate.

There have been many studies done on the health benefits of chocolate.  Some have found chocolate to be good for your heart.  Others have found that dark chocolate contains antioxidants and can help improve lean muscle mass.

However, there are still negative health side effects to eating chocolate.  Eating too much can be harmful because of the amount of sugar and fat.  And while eating chocolate frequently may keep you slim, you're probably better off eating more fruits and vegetables if you're looking to lose serious weight.

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