Next, the chocolate diet?

melted-chocolate-swirlAccording to new research, chocolate can help keep you slim, because (among other things) it increases metabolism.

A study has found that, despite boosting calorie intake, regular chocolate consumption is related to lower body mass index (BMI).

The effect is modest but greater than can be explained by chance, say the US researchers who took account of influencing factors such as overall fat consumption and exercise.

BMI relates height and weight and is the standard measurement used to assess levels of obesity.

The good news about chocolate emerged after scientists screened a group of 972 men and women with an average age of 57 for a study of statins – cholesterol-lowering drugs.