|Should have ate more chocolate!|
This new study determined the chocolate intake of 1458 European adolescents aged 12.5-17.5. These teen participants were asked to enter their food intake into a computer on two non-consecutive days. However, in my opinion, the main flaw of the study was that "chocolate" was considered as any product where chocolate was the main component. This included things not typically seen as real chocolate, like pralines, chocolate spread, and even candy bars (where chocolate is usually only part of the coating). The researcher also didn't differentiate between dark, milk and white chocolate. BMI was calculated for each participant as well as adiposity (amount of body fat) and waist circumference.
The study found that those adolescents eating at least 42.6 g of chocolate daily not only had lower BMIs, but were more physically active and had higher energy levels than those consuming an average of 4.7 g per daily. The results showed this was true regardless of sex, age, sexual maturation, or even high consumption of other flavonoid-rich foods/drinks (like tea, coffee, fruits, and vegetables).
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Source: Association between chocolate consumption and fatness in European adolescents
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