A recent survey in the US has revealed nearly one third of the population are obese. And the fatter you get, the greater the risk of obesity related disease such as diabetes. However, according to the resent research, there is an astonishing prevention maneuver for both obesity and type 2 diabetes, which is eating chocolate.
A research team led by Dr Andrew P Nelson, the department of Food Science and Technology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, conducted a test by using mice. They discovered that a certain type of antioxidant found in cocoa helped preventing mice from getting fat and lowering their blood sugar levels. As we all know, chocolate is made from cocoa.
And there are some other studies that suggest eating chocolate could help fighting against those health conditions.
According to the report by Medical News Today, a study claimed that chocolate, berries and wine can help preventing diabetes. Another research claimed they found teenagers who consume lots of chocolate tend to be thinner than who donít.
Those studies suggest that reason of health benefits chocolate may provide is its flavanols. Flavanols is a certain type of antioxidants.
The researchers of the most recent study claim there are some different types of flavanols and cocoa contains several different types of them.
According to their study published in Agricultural Food and Chemistry journal, the scientists went on to find out exactly which type of flavanols are responsible for preventing gaining weight and lowering blood sugar levels.
For this particular research, the scientist team fed mice with six different types of diets for 12 weeks.
Those diets are high fat diet, low fat diet, high fat diet with different types of flavanols, such as monomeric, polymeric and oligomeric procyandins. Mice were fed with each flavanols every day, 25 milligrams for every kilogram of their weight.
They found oligomeric procyandins is the most effective one.
The researchers found high fat diet with oligomeric PC was the most effective for controlling the weight of the mice and helping improvement of glucose tolerance. Therefore effective to prevent type 2 diabetes.
The researchers claim on their findings:
The most effective anti-obesity and anti-diabetic bio activities of flavanols in cocoa are proved to be oligomeric PC.
Additional research with prolonged feeding of flavanol in vivo, need to be conducted in order to identify the fractions of the highest bio activities. So they can find out the reasonable doses for clinical applications for human body.î
The researchers claim that the amount of flavanols dosage used in the test are much lower than the doses used in previous research and more feasible when applied into the proper levels for human consumption.
The researchers added. The data point out that small level of consumption of flavanols in cocoa could be greatly effective in clinical trials in human body that previously considered.î
Previous researches suggest that the health benefits of chocolate could be more than just decreasing the risk of obesity and diabetes. According to a recent report by Medical News Today, if you eat 70 g of dark chocolate a day, it could reduce your risk of atherosclerosis, which is the hardening and thickening of the arteries.
Interestingly enough, that study didn’t mention any benefit of flavanols provide. The participants of the test ate either chocolate with favanols added or regular dark chocolate. They found the both chocolate had the same effect.
Professor Diederik Esser, of the Top Institute Food and Nutrition and the Division of Human Nutrition at Wageningen Unviersity in Netherland, who conducted the study, claimed that they provided a better picture of the impact of chocolate in vascular health and found out that increased flavanol content had no additional benefit on vascular health.
Another research pointed out that consuming hot chocolate could assist preventing memory decline. Then again, the researchers didn’t connect this finding into flavanols.
When you think about it, there could be more health benefits of chocolate than we know now.