Daily dark chocolate snack doesn't rule out weight loss, study - ConfectioneryNews.com

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Dieters can still achieve weight-loss by consuming a daily dark chocolate or "non-chocolate snack" within the context of a low-calorie, nutrient-dense diet, according to a study in the Journal of the American Dietic Association.

Noting that reduced-calorie diets are often difficult to follow because they often require elimination of certain foods, the researchers said that the solution indicated above had the potential to accommodate a daily snack without "without exceeding energy requirements, even during weight loss".

The 18-week pilot study of 26 overweight and obese pre-menopausal women, at Pennsylvania State University, evaluated the effects of a reduced-calorie diet, including either a daily dark chocolate snack or a non-chocolate snack.

At baseline and end of study, body weight and waist and hip circumferences were measured along with fat mass, lean mass, and body fat percentage by dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry.

The researchers gound that women in both snack groups reduced estimated daily energy intake, while women in both the dark chocolate snack and non-chocolate snack groups registered decreases in body weight.

"Improvements in anthropometric and body composition measurements among overweight and obese premenopausal women can be achieved with a reduced-calorie diet including either a daily dark chocolate snack or non-chocolate snack," the scientists concluded.

12 Sep, 2011

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