Maybe I Should Sit Down to an All-Chocolate Dinner
According to the latest research:
This may be evidence against the Paleolithic Diet. I don't think Neanderthal Man had chocolate available.
Beatrice A. Golomb, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues with the University of California, San Diego, studied 1,018 men and woman without known cardiovascular disease, diabetes or extremes of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels who were screened for participation in a clinical study examining noncardiac effects of statins. To measure chocolate consumption, 1,017 of the participants answered a question about how many times per week they ate chocolate. BMI was calculated for 972 of them. Of the participants, 975 completed a food frequency questionnaire.
"Adults who consumed chocolate more frequently had a lower BMI than those who consumed chocolate less often," the authors note.
In any case, this has been predicted (at least as far as hot fudge is concerned):
Dr. Melik: You mean there was no deep fat? No steak or cream pies or... hot fudge?One last point: You can't attribute this to “healthy-user bias.” Vegetarians might be thinner because they're likely to be fitness fanatics and work out frequently anyway. I don't think that's true of chocolate eaters.
Dr. Aragon: Those were thought to be unhealthy... precisely the opposite of what we now know to be true.
Addendum: I just recalled additional information on chocolate.