Another study suggests chocolate helps fight obesity, diabetes
Eating chocolate may help prevent obesity and type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. Although previous studies have concluded similar findings, few have aimed to find out exactly what ingredient may be responsible for the health benefits of chocolate.
In the study, scientists from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) tested the effects of six different diets on mice for 12 weeks. The diets were either high- or low-fat and were supplemented with various types of flavanols—a type of antioxidants found in cocoa, the main ingredient in chocolate.
The researchers found that the mice that were fed a high-fat diet supplemented with a flavanol called oligomeric PCs (procyandins) demonstrated the best ability to maintain a healthy weight and showed the most improvement in glucose tolerance, which could help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.
The findings, published in the Journal of Agricultural Food and Chemistry, suggest that oligomeric PCs appear to be more effective in preventing obesity and diabetes than the other flavanols found in cocoa. The study’s implications for humans, however, cannot be concluded until the effects of flavanols are tested in human clinical trials.