Chocolate: the new medical food?

Keith Ayoob
USA Today

A scientific review of research looking at the effects of chocolate and cocoa on cardiovascular health, has been published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

The good news

There were “consistent and positive benefits of chocolate or cocoa” on “flow-mediated dilation.” That means chocolate and cocoa improved blood flow through the arteries. Chocolate and cocoa also showed “previously unreported promising effects” on insulin and insulin resistance, suggesting that, in some way, chocolate and cocoa improve the efficiency of insulin’s effects.

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