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Can eating chocolate lower your body fat?

The University of Cambridge conducted a survey to study if chocolate consumption increased body fat in adolescents. They reported the data from the study on Nov. 7, 2013, and found those who ate chocolate have smaller waist lines. They found those who indulged in chocolate had a lower body fat percentage than those who avoided it.

Chocolate has been shown, according to a study, to reduce adolescent body fat.
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They studied over a hundred 12 to 17 year old adolescents. They found that they did not have any more fat deposits in their body than those who did not eat chocolate. They found the contrary to be true, chocolate consumption lead to a decrease in body fat.

They concluded that the reason chocolate has this effect is the catechins in the chocolate. Catechins have a high level of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties in the chocolate. Before you start eating yourself silly on chocolate, it should be mentioned that researchers also said one should eat chocolate in moderation for the positive effect to be noticed.

Do you believe chocolate can help lower body fat? Do you eat chocolate regularly?


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