October 16, 2013

The Paradox of Dark Chocolate and Diabetes

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chocolateA study published in BioPortfolio identified the uplifting downshift in the digestion of fats and carbohydrates that enhances the feeling of fullness by components of dark chocolate.

The first line defense against obesity is diet and exercise. That’s all well and good but it often results in frustration and failure. Is there a way to reward good behavior in lifestyle changes for the betterment of health?

Polyphenols have been shown to reduce the risk factors for T2D and cardiovascular diseases. They are also particularly rich in antioxidants. Dark chocolate is rich in polyphenols and flavanols.

Flavonoids help protect plants from environmental toxins and help repair damage. They can be found in a variety of foods, especially the coco bean. When we eat foods rich in flavonoids, it appears that we also benefit from this antioxidant power.

According to the study, polyphenols or dark chocolate is suggested as a reward in the management of obesity. Within the health benefits found, researchers observed decreased fat absorption and fat synthesis.

With this good news, dark chocolate may have a possible role in modulating obesity because of its potential effect on fat and carbohydrate metabolism, as well as on satiety.

This outcome of the study using dark chocolate to curb cravings and slow the digestion of fats and carbohydrates is promising against obesity. Who would’ve thought that the sweetness of dark chocolate would combat the bitter battle with the bulge?

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