Health benefits of chocolate
- Helps prevent Insulin Resistance
- Improves cardiovascular health
- Lowers body fat levels
- May prevent type 2 diabetes
- Reduces inflammation
- Improves Gut health
What makes chocolate a healthy choice?Chocolate is: anti-inflammatory, anti-thrombotic, anti-diabetic, anti-obesity and anti-carcinogenic. As if these traits weren’t reason enough chocolate has a high level of free radical fighting antioxidants.
- Gut health. As studies have shown it starts in your gut. Chocolate Studies using three different cocoas found that there is a connection between your gut flora and chocolates antioxidant flavonols. The bacteria in your intestinal tract break down the chocolate, which in turn releases its unique anti-inflammatory properties that promotes health.
- Diabetes. The flavonols (monomeric, oligomeric, and polymeric procyandins) are responsible for its protection in developing type 2 diabetes as well as reducing insulin resistance, reducing weight gain, body fat and regulating blood sugar levels.
- Heart health. The same study also found that the anti-inflammatory compound, released in the gut, was extremely beneficial to your cardiovascular health. This activity lessens the chance of stroke by reducing inflammation in the heart and blood vessels. In fact one study showed that diabetics who drank a high flavanol cocoa beverage for a month changed their impaired blood vessel functioning back to normal function, something that only happens with exercise and medication. Chocolate also reduces platelet clumping that can cause heart attacks or strokes. It can even lower your blood pressure by helping your body process nitric oxide that’s responsible blood vessel health.