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Flavanols in dark chocolate fight weight gain and lower the risk of diabetes
Dark chocolate is also thought to improve concentration, decrease appetite, lower blood pressure and boost heart health

By Emma Innes

It has long been maligned as a source of weight gain.

But chocolate could help prevent obesity and Type 2 diabetes, new research suggests.

Scientists found that an antioxidant in cocoa can prevent weight gain and help lower blood sugar levels.

The researchers say there is also evidence to suggest eating dark chocolate can improve thinking, decrease appetite and lower blood pressure.

The latest study, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, revealed that an antioxidant in cocoa can prevent mice from gaining weight and that it also lowered their blood sugar levels.

Dr Andrew Neilson and his colleagues explained this is because cocoa, the basic ingredient of chocolate, is one of the most flavanol-rich foods available.

This is good because antioxidants – of which flavanols are one type - have been shown to help fight weight gain and Type 2 diabetes.

However, not all flavanols are equally beneficial and cocoa contains many different ones.

So, the research team decided to try and establish the individual health benefits of the different flavanols.

The scientists fed groups of mice different diets, including high-fat and low-fat diets, and high-fat diets supplemented with different kinds of flavanols.

They found that adding one particular set of these compounds, known as oligomeric procyanidins (PCs), to the food made the biggest difference in keeping the mice's weight down if they were on high-fat diets.

They also improved glucose tolerance, which could potentially help prevent Type 2 diabetes.

‘Oligomeric PCs appear to possess the greatest anti-obesity and anti-diabetic bioactivities of the flavanols in cocoa, particularly at the low doses employed for the present study,’ the researchers say.

The news comes just after scientists at Louisiana State University released finding which show dark chocolate can reduce blood pressure and improve heart health.

The researchers say dark chocolate is beneficial because of the way our guts ferment the fibre in cocoa beans.

Researcher Maria Moore said: 'We found that there are two kinds of microbes in the gut: the “good” ones and the “bad” ones.

'The good microbes, such as Bifidobacterium and lactic acid bacteria, feast on chocolate.

'When you eat dark chocolate, they grow and ferment it, producing compounds that are anti-inflammatory.'

This naturally forming anti-inflammatory enters the bloodstream and helps protest the heart and arteries from damage.

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Offline happyg

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Dark chocolate...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msQPHxTUgzI

I don't like dark chocolate, either. Maybe I can acquire a taste for it????

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Yet another example of why I don't trust doctors.
Coffee is good, no wait, it's bad, oh heck, it's good.
Chicken is good, no, it's bad, uhhh, it's good, sort of.
Chocolate is horrible for you, no wait, dark chocolate is ok, uhhh, all chocolate might be good for you!

I went to the doctor for the first time in a long time. I had a very nice visit with her laptop. I could have gotten the same level of interactivity at WebMD.

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I don't like dark chocolate, either. Maybe I can acquire a taste for it????

Takes some time, but now I prefer dark chocolate. Slightly bitter to go with the sweet.

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Anybody with an IQ over 100 should be able to tell that the science community doesn't know jacksh*t.

Butter, coffee and red wine are also making a huge comeback in terms of acceptance and overall rave reviews to maintain health.  LOL! 
"It aint what you don't know that kills you.  It's what you know that aint so!" ...Theodore Sturgeon

"I am responsible for what I say.  I am not responsible for what your understand."  ...me

Offline Relic

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Anybody with an IQ over 100 should be able to tell that the science community doesn't know jacksh*t.

Butter, coffee and red wine are also making a huge comeback in terms of acceptance and overall rave reviews to maintain health.  LOL!

If you allow it, you too can become some physician's chemistry experiment.

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My take here.....hurry up and die.

You will be replaced by a smiling brown-skinned illegal immigrant.


.....who votes democrat....and often.
"It aint what you don't know that kills you.  It's what you know that aint so!" ...Theodore Sturgeon

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ok, but what about the sugar, milk, caramel, etc, that gets added to pure chocolate to create the milk chocolate that most people eat?  Chocolate without sweeteners is bitter.

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I don't like dark chocolate, either. Maybe I can acquire a taste for it????

Put it in gelatine capsules?

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