EATING chocolate could help make you slim, a study suggests.
The research shows that adults who ate a modest amount of the sweet treat more often were thinner and had a lower body mass index than those who ate less.
They also tended to eat more and did not exercise frequently.
The University of California study using 1,000 men and women suggests that the benefits to a person's metabolism of eating chocolate could offset any fat put on by having the snack.
And research leader Professor Beatrice Golomb said: "Our findings appear to add to a body of information suggesting that the composition of calories, not just the number of them, matters for determining their ultimate impact on weight.
"In the case of chocolate, this is good news — both for those who have a regular chocolate habit, and those who may wish to start one."The Sun, 27/03/12.