Amazing News! Eating Chocolate Daily Is Good For You

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It appears that eating chocolate every day may be connected to some health benefits after all.

Based on a study conducted in Luxembourg, adults who eat chocolate daily are more likely to exhibit lower liver enzyme levels and insulin resistance, according to Endocrine Today.

Ala’a Al Kerwi, senior researcher in epidemiology and public health at the Luxembourg Institute of Health, and his team analyzed information from over 1,150 adults. Individuals were recruited between 2007 and 2009 to participate in the ORISCAV-LUX study, which was designed to monitor cardiovascular health.

After participants provided samples of hair, blood, and urine, investigators measured the amount of chocolate in grams that participants consumed daily using “a semiquantitative food-frequency questionnaire.” The participants’ blood glucose and insulin levels were analyzed in order to calculate homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR). Researchers also examined various hepatic biomarkers during this time.

About 82 percent of the participants stated they ate chocolate. Such individuals were determined as more likely to be younger and physically active, with a higher level of education and socioeconomic status. However, the results of the study held up after adjusting for age, sex, education, lifestyle, and other dietary factors that may prove to confound the data.

“Chocolate consumption may improve hepatic enzyme levels and may protect against insulin resistance, a well-established risk factor for cardiometabolic disorders,” Al Kerwi explained to Endocrine Today. “Future research should focus on intervention trials in order to confirm this cross-sectional relationship.”

In a study published in Appetite, the consumption of chocolate was connected to cognitive performance as well.

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About 970 people between the ages of 23 and 98 were analyzed from the Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study (MSLS). Within this group, those who consumed chocolate more frequently performed better on various cognitive tests, such as Visual-Spatial Memory and Organization, Working Memory, Scanning and Tracking, Abstract Reasoning, the Mini-Mental State Examination, and the Global Composite score.

However, according to Delish, the study measured the frequency that chocolate was eaten every day, not the exact amount consumed. More research is needed to determine just how much chocolate is optimal to achieve these cognitive and physical benefits. 

Sources: Endocrine Today, Appetite/ScienceDirect, Delish / Photo credit: Mooca Festas

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