For those who want to keep the line the chocolate is not a food to be limited, far from it. This is what has emerged from a study published in the journal Nutrition, conducted by researchers of the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences, University of Granada (Spain), which has dismantled the old belief that eating chocolate face grease . Apparently, however, this confectionery product would have many healthful properties, such as “an important antioxidant, anti thrombotic effects, anti-inflammatory and anti-hypertensive”, moreover, would help “to prevent ischemic heart disease.”

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In detail, the team has shown that the greatest Spanish chocolate consumption is associated with lower levels of fat total (stored fat all over the body) and central fat (abdominal one), regardless of the fact that the individual engaged in, or less regular physical activity and diet followed. I do not even count as sex, age and sexual maturation. The effect, according to a first hypothesis of the scientists, could in part be due to the influence of catechist (group of antioxidant substances belonging to the category of flavoring) on the production of cortisol and insulin sensitivity, both hormones closely related to overweight and obesity.

To reach the conclusion that the chocolate does not make you fat, researchers at the University of Granada have examined 1,458 adolescents aged between 12 and 17 years. It was discovered that a higher level of consumption of this product is associated with lower levels of total fat and abdominal fat (the most dangerous for the heart), estimated by the body mass index (BMI), body fat percentage found on the skin and bio electrical impedance. The subjects involved were teenagers participating in a study funded by the European Union, called HELENA ( Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence) , which monitors obesity and overweight.

Aside from this study that revealed that the chocolate is not fattening adolescents, there is another cross on adults recently conducted by researchers at the University of California, which found that the use of this drug is associated with a body mass index lower. To convince even the most skeptical of the impossibility for the chocolate to be a threat to the line, it can be remembered that these results were also confirmed by a longitudinal study of a group of women who followed a diet rich in catechize.