It’s true: Chocolate helps you slim! In a small Italian study, women who added 100 grams (or about one whole bar!) of 70 percent dark chocolate to their daily diet shed half an inch of abdominal fat after just 7 days; they also improved their ratio of HDL (“good”) to LDL (“bad”) cholesterol by 10 percent. The scientists credit the sweet treat’s potent antioxidant compounds for easing inflammation that promotes fat storage.
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