A Piece of Chocolate a Day Could Keep Diabetes and Heart Disease Away
The health benefits of chocolate have been up for debate for several decades. A recent study from the University of Warwick Medical School in the United Kingdom has the latest research to show that chocolate may be beneficial to our health. The study found that eating a small amount of chocolate every day could be the key to warding off diabetes and heart disease.
Researchers analyzed the chocolate consumption of 1,153 people, ages 18-69, who were already participating in a study on cardiovascular risk. The study looked at how chocolate intake affected insulin resistance which is one of the risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
The participants who consumed chocolate totaled 81.8 percent of the group. The average daily consumption equaled approximately 24.8 grams per person. Participants who ate chocolate had lower insulin resistance and improved liver enzyme levels compared to the participants who did not eat chocolate. The more chocolate consumed, the better the results.
The findings, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, support that certain types of chocolate in moderation may help stave off diabetes and heart disease. Dark chocolate made with natural cocoa is the preferred chocolate type, as it has extra antioxidants, less sugar, and lower calories.
Professor Stranges, co-author of the study, reminds readers to consider the difference between natural cocoa and processed chocolate as processed chocolate contains many more calories.
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