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July 30, 2018 • Healthy Eating & Nutrition, Weight Control

Chocolate for Metabolic Health

Dark chocolate scores again! This time for metabolic health. In a study that included 1,153 adults between the ages of 18 to 69, those that consumed chocolate daily had lower blood insulin levels and better insulin function, both of which are telltale markers for superior metabolic health. These results are not surprising. Chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, is home to exceedingly potent plant antioxidants called flavanols that have the potential to activate and improve our metabolic machinery in many ways.


I reviewed all of the studies I have in my files related to dark chocolate, and I am happy to report the following science-based health benefits:

  1. Enhances blood flow, including blood flow to the heart and brain
  2. Lowers blood pressure
  3. Improves the function and health of blood vessels
  4. Lowers triglycerides
  5. Raises HDL (good) cholesterol levels
  6. Lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol levels
  7. Reduces inflammation
  8. Improves the action of the hormone insulin (which means better blood sugar metabolism)
  9. Enhances cognitive function
  10. Lowers the risk of heart disease and strokes
  11. Improves Longevity
  12. Lifts mood and boosts energydark chocolate2

My best advice is to include a small portion – up to a ½ oz of the highest cacao your palate enjoys. The higher the cacao levels the more beneficial antioxidants it contains. 1-2 squares from a large dark chocolate bar of 72% or higher cacao is fantastic. I always include 1-2 squares of Ghirardelli® 86% dark chocolate after my lunch.

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