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Treat Yourself - Dark Chocolate and Diabetes

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 3, 2016 5:00:00 AM / by Winter Ninivaggi


You can eat your chocolate a little more guilt free.

A new study recommends consuming small amounts of dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is a powerful source of antioxidants.It is possible that dark chocolate may even improve blood flow and lower blood pressure.

You can consume small amounts of dark chocolate each day to prevent type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance.Some take the chocolate plunge with cacao nibs to achieve the benefits of real chocolate with no sugar.

What is the dosage of chocolate? 100 g per day, which is about the size of a full candy bar.

The study focused on people ranging from 18 to 69 years. They found those who ate the 100 g chocolate bar had reduced insulin resistance and improved liver enzymes.Insulin resistance is a well known risk factor of cardiovascular disease.

Consumption of tea and coffee was taken into account because they can be high in polyphenols which provides chocolate with its beneficial cardiometabolic effects.

Chocolate also contains resveratrol which aids in slowing the progression of Alzhiemer's by stabilizing amyloid-beta 40 levels in cerebrospinal fluid and plasma.

Don't be afraid to indulge a little!

We offer full pre-diabetes and diabetes screenings in CT. and through our MD in Piermont. If you want calorie restriction and high levels of protein you can make a great protein shake for breakfast and lunch with Xymogen's OptiCleanse GHI Sugar and Stevia Free, OptiMetaboliX, FIT Food Whey or VegaPro.  OptiMetabolix offers the best blood sugar regulation.  Chai, Chocolate, Vanilla Delight and Chocolate Mint are delicious flavors that everyone loves.  

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Topics: Healthy Living

Winter Ninivaggi

Written by Winter Ninivaggi

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