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It is widely believed that eating chocolate can cause acne. Indeed, many people who are susceptible to acne report that, in their own experience, eating large amounts of chocolate is invariably followed by an outbreak of that skin condition. However, it is likely that common wisdom has mistaken an effect for a cause. Several recent scientific studies indicate that hormonal changes associated with stress can cause acne and there is good evidence that people who are fond of chocolate tend to eat more chocolate when they are under stress

Of the following, which one most accurately expresses the main point of the argument?

(A) People are mistaken who insist that whenever they eat large amounts of chocolate they invariably suffer from an outbreak of acne,
The argument uses the word "likely" and not "surely". This is an exaggerated choice.

(B) The more chocolate a person eats, the more likely that person is to experience the hormonal changes associated with stress.
This is opposite of what is stated in the argument

(C) Eating large amounts of chocolate is more Likely to cause stress than it is to cause outbreaks of acne.
The first part of the choice is opposite of what is stated in the passage. The choice as a whole is not supported by the argument.

(D) It is less likely that eating large amounts of chocolate causes acne than that both the chocolate eating and the acne are caused by stress.
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(E) The more stress a person experiences, the more likely that person is to crave chocolate,
Only the people who are fond of chocolate eat one while under stress.
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Re: It is widely believed that eating chocolate can cause acne. [#permalink]
Sasindran wrote:
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hi

I am no expert, but I will try to help you

It is widely believed that chocolates cause acne, but
the main point of the argument is that it is not the chocolates but the stresses that cause acne

this point has properly been communicated in option D

hope this helps!

so cheers and keep eating chocolates
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Re: It is widely believed that eating chocolate can cause acne. [#permalink]
the main point of the arg is : ...it is likely that common wisdom has mistaken an effect for a cause...
and the author is saying that stress causes large choc intake and stress causes acne

only D lays out this clearly
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