More frequent Chocolate consumption is associated with a lower (BMI) ! A study reported in Medscape Medical News asked people their frequency of chocolate consumption, and noted higher chocolate consumption was associated with an increase intake of calories, and saturated fats. When they analyzed their data, they tried to eliminate the effect of these factors. They noted a lower BMI with increase in frequency of chocolate consumption but did not notice a lower BMI with total chocolate consumption. While I agree with their statement that food composition as well as total caloric composition may affect a person’s weight, I have to wonder at their counter-intuitive findings that consuming chocolate more often will lower weight and I also wonder at the wisdom of spending money on this study. Correlation does not prove causation, and I would not encourage people to increase chocolate consumption based on this study. Unless the study is done prospectively with chocolate frequency the only variable, I will not believe this result. What do you think?
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