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Could Chocolate Help Prevent Diabetes and Obesity?

Flavanols in Chocolates

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  • Consuming high levels of flavanols found in foods like chocolate is linked to reduced insulin resistance and improved glucose regulation, which suggests it may be protective against type 2 diabetes
  • Past research has also found that the regular consumption of chocolate is associated with leanness in adults and lower levels of body fat in teens
  • A specific type of flavanol in chocolate called oligomeric procyandins were the most effective at both maintaining weight and improving glucose tolerance in one animal study
  • Your gut bacteria actually breaks down and ferments the components in dark chocolate, turning them into anti-inflammatory compounds that benefit your health
  • The closer your cocoa is to its natural raw state, the higher its nutritional value. Ideally, your chocolate or cocoa should be consumed raw (cacao), and dark chocolate is preferable to milk chocolate

By Dr. Mercola

Snacking on chocolate may be one delectable way to boost your health, provided you choose the right type of chocolate, that is. Certain types of chocolate, as well as cocoa powder and cacao, rank right up there among the most anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich foods known to mankind.

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