Do you eat chocolate daily? If yes, then a new study has given an another reason to eat chocolates as craving for chocolate might be good for health. According to a new study eating chocolate can prevent type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance which further reduces the risk of the cardiovascular diseases.
A team of researchers from the Luxembourg Institute of Health, the University of Warwick Medical School, the University of South Australia and the University of Maine conducted a study to unravel the benefits of eating chocolates.
For the study, researchers involved 1,153 people aged between 18 and 69 years. Participants were divided into groups and each group was asked to eat a different amount of chocolate each day. Later it was found that people who ate more than 100g of chocolate a day had improved liver enzymes and reduced insulin resistance.
Participants were asked several question on their chocolate eating habits. After analysing the data it was found that people who regularly ate chocolate from their childhood were relatively younger, more physically fit and more interestingly, obtained higher education levels than those who do not like eating chocolates.
Study authors said that cocoa-based products might be beneficial for cardio-metabolic health. Chocolates are made up of cocoa, and this might be the reason behind improved cardio health and reduced insulin resistance,
However, study authors further added that clinical trials are needed to confirm the findings as the study is still in its nascent stage.
“Potential applications of this knowledge include recommendations by healthcare professionals to encourage individuals to consume a wide range of phytochemical-rich foods, which can include dark chocolate in moderate amounts. However, it is important to differentiate between the natural product cocoa and the processed product chocolate, which is an energy-dense food. Therefore, physical activity, diet and other lifestyle factors must be carefully balanced to avoid detrimental weight gain over time.”
Dr Ala’a Alkerwi, Principal Investigator of the study at LIH said: “It is also possible that chocolate consumption may represent an overall marker for a cluster of favourable socio-demographic profiles, healthier lifestyle behaviours and better health status. This could explain, at least in part, the observed inverse associations with insulin and liver biomarkers.”