More findings about how great chocolate is for your health! A study from the University of Warwick has shown that daily consumption of chocolate – and I would guess it would be a darker chocolate – can potentially aid in preventing insulin resistance and diabetes.
What a wonderful finding! I love chocolate – the darker the better – and I am seeing my hemoglobin A1C beginning to climb. If you haven’t had yours checked yet, you should. HgbA1C is a measure of how well your blood sugars are consistently controlled over a period of weeks rather than a one time blood sugar measurement. I shows how you are doing overall in trending toward diabetes or staying on the road of good blood sugar control.
These research findings from the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH), the University of Warwick Medical School, the University of South Australia and the University of Maine.
“Data of 1,153 people aged 18-69 years old who were part of the Observation of Cardiovascular Risk in Luxembourg (ORISCAV-LUX) study were analyzed. It was found that those who ate 100 g of chocolate a day — equivalent to a bar — had reduced insulin resistance and improved liver enzymes. Insulin sensitivity is a well-established risk factor to cardiovascular disease.
The academics hypothesized that chocolate consumption may have a beneficial effect on insulin sensitivity and liver enzymes and therefore decided to analyze a national sample of adults, taking into account lifestyle and dietary factors, including the simultaneous consumption of tea and coffee. This is because both drinks can be high in polyphenol, the substance which may provide chocolate with its beneficial cardio-metabolic effects.”
Where do I volunteer for the next phase of the study? I think they should use a specific chocolate that contains a consistent percent of cocoa, high in polyphenols, and see what they would find. I love the idea of receiving a “prescription” for 100 grams of chocolate per day, don’t you?
An inexpensive way to find good chocolate in a higher percentage of cocoa is to look in your baking aisle at the grocery store. I’ve found 60% cocoa in chocolate chips for a lower price and greater volume than if you bought it in a “designer” brand bar form. One package I purchased read on the label that 16 chips equaled 80 calories. Not bad – if you can stop at 16 chips, right?
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- Ala’a Alkerwi, Nicolas Sauvageot, Georgina E. Crichton, Merrill F. Elias, Saverio Stranges. Daily chocolate consumption is inversely associated with insulin resistance and liver enzymes in the Observation of Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Luxembourg study. British Journal of Nutrition, 2016; 115 (09): 1661 DOI: 10.1017/S0007114516000702