If you like chocolate and workout about 3.6 times a week, read on. It turns out that we have some pretty stellar news for you. A new study says that healthy people, who bust a sweat about four times a week and nosh on Nestle (or any chocolate for that matter), have a lower body mass index (BMI) than those who eat the sweet less often.
In a survey published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, adults who eat chocolate tend to have a lower ratio of weight over height.
This isn’t the first time we’ve been told of the health benefits of chocolate. The antioxidant polyphenols in chocolate-shown to improve blood pressure, stop inflammation in the skin and lower cholesterol levels-has even linked chocolate to a lower risk of death by heart attack.
“Our findings-that more frequent chocolate intake is linked to lower BMI-are intriguing,” says researchers of the study that took place at the University of California, San Diego. While they didn’t determine how much chocolate is too much chocolate, most health experts will agree that over-consumption (of anything) can be risky.
A good rule of thumb is: One ounce of dark chocolate, once a day. It’s as easy as that.
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