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Regular Chocolate Eaters Have Thinner Waistlines

Regular Chocolate Eaters Have Thinner Waistlines | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it
Chocolate lovers rejoice. Adults who eat chocolate on a regular basis are actually thinner compared to those who don’t indulge in the tasty treat, according to a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

 

Its just not calories, anymore...

Scientists found that adults who ate chocolate on more days a week had a lower body mass index than those who ate chocolate less often. The size of the effect was modest but the effect was “significant." This was despite the fact that those who ate chocolate more often did not eat fewer calories (they ate more), nor did they exercise more. No differences in behaviors were identified that might explain the finding as a difference in calories taken in versus calories expended.  -- FoodieDoc

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Continuous monitoring needed for aflatoxins in chocolate – study

Continuous monitoring needed for aflatoxins in chocolate – study | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it
Researchers in Brazil have found high levels of the potentially lethal contaminant aflatoxin in chocolate and say constant monitoring is required.

 

Oh no, not in chocolates!

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Aflatoxin results in growth stunting, suppression of the immune system--predisposing individuals to disease, and it is a potent carcinogen

 

125 samples were studied.  80% of all chocolate examined had aflatoxin.  Dark chocolate has more than the white cocolate which is mostly cocoa butter.   Fat free chocolates had more than non-fat free. 

 

Brazilian chocolate is suspect because of the higher amounts of chocolate used--this means that it is may be present in smaller concentrations in other chocolates.   

 

http://www.nutraingredients.com/Product-Categories/Antioxidants-carotenoids/Continuous-monitoring-needed-for-aflatoxins-in-chocolate-study/?c=CPafHKnsO6g2X2teQuNgTLqnGwzwE0oX&utm_source=Newsletter_Product&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletter%2BProduct

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Tecna s.r.l.'s curator insight, July 8, 2015 4:57 AM

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