Here’s the proof. Life is too short to give up all of life’s pleasures, but sometimes just a little compromise can make a huge difference.
Eating up to 50 grams of dark chocolate each day may be beneficial in the management of high blood pressure and diabetes.
A study published in the Journal of Hypertension in April 2005 the showed that after eating dark chocolate there is a significant and favourable change in insulin sensitivity and a decrease in blood pressure in healthy persons. This was confirmed by a further study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition of August 2005.
But it has to be dark chocolate – sorry Mr Cadbury.
(Oh, and careful with the caffeine in chocolate if sleep is a problem.)
Short-term administration of dark chocolate is followed by a significant increase in insulin sensitivity and a decrease in blood pressure in healthy persons.
Am J Clin Nutr. 2005 Mar; Grassi D, Lippi C, Necozione S, Desideri G, Ferri C.
Cocoa reduces blood pressure and insulin resistance and improves endothelium-dependent vasodilation in hypertensives. Hypertension. 2005 Dec;46(6):e21-2; author reply e22