In many studies in the past, chocolate antioxidants and cardiovascular diseases have been fully recognized. A study by Beatrice A. Golomb of the University of California, San Diego found that people with high frequency of chocolate had lower BMI (obesity index). The research results were published in the American Medical Journal of Internal Medicine. The study concluded that epicatechin contained in cocoa promotes lower metabolism of BMI after metabolism, and it is considered that further research is needed.
Chocolate helps suppress depression
Golomb’s research team selected residents of San Diego, California, USA, to select 1018 people aged 20-85 who had no history of cardiovascular disease, no history of diabetes, and no history of cholesterol-free abnormalities, and 975 of them received an average weekly intake. Data on the frequency of chocolate, the number of intense exercise, the intake of saturated fat and vegetables and fruits, and the BMI index. The data showed an average age of 57 years, males accounted for 68%, average BMI28, average chocolate intake frequency twice a week, an average of 3.6 times a week of intense exercise.
In addition, in the pioneering study conducted by the team, the relationship between chocolate intake and inhibition of depression was discussed and the antidepressant effect of chocolate was recognized. In this study, the inhibition of depression was also evaluated. .
The results showed that the increase in the frequency of chocolate intake was associated with low BMI index, high energy and high saturated fatty acid intake, inhibition of depression, etc., but not related to the number of intense exercise.
Epicatechin may help fat metabolism
The results of the study showed that the association between increased frequency of chocolate intake and low BMI was not changed after considering age, gender, energy intake and the amount of saturated fatty acids.
Golomb believes that the results of this study have come to a very interesting conclusion: “People who eat high frequency of chocolate have a lower BMI than those who eat less chocolate.” But it is worth noting that chocolate is in the paper. The data on intake frequency, intake, BMI and other related data are not specifically reflected.
According to Golomb, it was originally thought that chocolate had a high sugar content and high fat content, which may lead to an increase in the BMI index. However, epicatechin contained in cough increases the weight loss of fat, and animal experiments have shown that weight can be reduced regardless of exercise. Therefore, this metabolic effect should also be explored in the human body, and it is necessary to conduct random experiments to further verify the results of the study.