Chocolate Eaters are Thinner: New Study

According to a new study from the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, adults who eat chocolate on a regular basis are actually thinner than those who do not.  Chocolate, especially dark chocolate has long been associated with protecting the cardiovascular system and good for your overall heart health.  Researchers discovered the cocoa bean contains plant nutrients called “flavonoids”, which protect against environmental toxins and help repair damage.  In addition, research has shown flavonoids also help lower blood pressure and improve blood flow, which help to prevent heart attacks and heart disease.

This new study is the first to test and find that moderate chocolate consumption can actually be “calorie-neutral”; meaning the metabolic benefits of chocolate offset the additional caloric intake.  1000 adult men and women participated in the study, providing dietary, weight, height, and other information to researchers during the trial.  Those who ate chocolate more days a week than the less frequent chocolate eaters were had a lower body mass index.  Researchers look at total overall caloric intake and exercise and did not find any differences between the two groups, other than chocolate consumption and BMI.

Here is an interview with one of the researchers about the surprising findings of the study.

What goes great with chocolate and also benefits your heart health?  Red wine!  Oklahoma Heart Institute cardiologist, Dr. Eugene Ichinose, will discuss the benefits of red wine and dark chocolate at our upcoming free event, Tuesday April 17th.  Please invite a friend and join us for a glass of red wine and chocolate tastings, as we toast to a healthy lifestyle.  Blood pressure checks are also provided, beginning at 5pm.  The presentation as well as a question and answer session with Dr. Ichinose follows at 6pm. 


The Campbell Hotel & Event Center

2636 East 11th Street


Tuesday, April 17th


Kindly RSVP to 918.579.8000 by April 16th