Reuters More than a third of American adults who consume sweet potato desserts say they are healthier than their chocolate counterparts, according to a new survey.
A new study published in the journal Health Psychology suggests that chocolate can be a healthier alternative to a traditional cookie and bar, which is usually high in sugar and fat.
The research, by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, surveyed more than 1,000 adults aged 18 to 80, as part of its Healthy Living in America initiative.
The researchers found that those who said they enjoyed sweets were more likely to be healthy and exercise.
“Those who ate chocolate desserts and snacks, and enjoyed chocolate desserts with a bit of sweetener, reported lower total sugar intake than those who ate more sugar-free snacks and snacks with little sweetener,” the researchers wrote.
Some of the reasons for that include eating more fruits and vegetables, avoiding processed foods, and eating a variety of desserts, according the study.
More chocolate may not be a bad thing, the researchers said.
For one thing, chocolate has been shown to have a number of health benefits, including promoting weight loss and reducing the risk of certain cancers.
But the researchers also said it is important to remember that eating a lot of sugar is not necessarily bad for your health.
“It’s not clear that the consumption of sweetened foods causes the same negative health outcomes as those consuming high amounts of sugar,” the study authors wrote.
“In fact, sweetened beverages and desserts may have some beneficial effects on health.”
For example, a study published last year in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that a low-sugar diet lowered the risk for type 2 diabetes, which affects about 5 million Americans, by about 60 percent.