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Eating Dark Chocolates may help heart well being

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Eating Dark Chocolates may help heart well being

The meta-analysis focused on whether consumption of flavanol-rich cocoa products was associated with improvements in specific circulating biomarkers of cardiometabolic health as compared to consuming placebos with negligible cocoa flavanol content.

Scientists conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of 19 randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of cocoa consumption.

“Our meta-analysis of RCTs characterises how cocoa flavanols affect cardiometabolic biomarkers, providing guidance in designing large, definitive prevention trials against diabetes and cardiovascular disease in future work,” said Simin Liu, professor at Brown University in the US.

The meta-analysis focused on whether consumption of flavanol-rich cocoa products was associated with improvements in specific circulating biomarkers of cardiometabolic health as compared to consuming placebos with negligible cocoa flavanol content.

“We found that cocoa flavanol intake may reduce dyslipidemia (elevated triglycerides), insulin resistance and systemic inflammation, which are all major subclinical risk factors for cardiometabolic diseases,” said Liu.

In general, where there were benefits they were evident for both women and men and did not depend on what physical form the flavanol-rich cocoa product was consumed in – dark chocolate vs a beverage, for example.

“The treatment groups of the trials included in our meta-analysis are primarily dark chocolate – a few were using cocoa powder-based beverages,” said graduate student Xiaochen Lin.

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