The research team analyzed 1997 female volunteers aged 18 to 76. The total dietary flavonoid intake was estimated from a food questionnaire. The results were based on six flavonoid subclasses- anthocyanins, flavanones, flavan-3-ols, polymeric flavonoids, flavanols and flavones. The women who consumed high levels of anthocyanins and flavones (compounds found in berries, grapes, herbs, chocolate and wine) demonstrated lower insulin resistance. It was also discovered that those women were less likely to have chronic inflammation.
Earlier this year, University in Granada in Spain discovered that teens who consumes high levels of chocolate, have less body fat. The researchers were a part of HELENA study group. Other studies have also suggested that eating chocolate is linked to leanness in adults and reduces cardiovascular risks.
In general dark chocolate contains more bioactive compounds and antioxidants. Adding chocolate to your diet may have health benefits, says Dr. Aedin Cassidy, of University of East Angelia UK and lead researcher of the study. But its all about eating the right chocolate in small amounts in order to see the health benefits.
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Posted by: Kamaldeep Kainth, PharmD 2015