Two recently published reviews have added to that growing volume of evidence, this time citing cocoa’s ability to improve blood vessel health and thwart diabetes risk factors.
In the first review, published in the Journal of Nutrition, lead researcher and Harvard epidemiologist and nutritionist Eric Ding, PhD, found consumption of flavonoid-rich cocoa was linked to reductions in risk factors for diabetes, a major contributor to cardiovascular disease. Resistance to the hormone insulin, which helps regulate blood sugar, favorably dropped among people who consumed cocoa compared to controls.
A growing body of evidence suggests that the consumption of foods rich in polyphenolic compounds, particularly cocoa, may have cardio-protective effects.
-- Curated by FoodieDoc, Anna Resurreccion