Dark Chocolate Improves HDL or “Good Cholesterol”

Now this is a study we wouldn’t mind being happy participants in — researchers at San Diego State University studied the health benefits of dark chocolate (70% cocoa) and found some tasty health benefits.

The study included 31 men and women, who ate about 1.7 ounces (a standard-size chocolate bar is about 1.5 ounces) of dark chocolate or white chocolate every day for 15 days.

Compared to those who ate white chocolate, those eating dark chocolate had lower blood sugar levels and increased their HDL or good cholesterol by about 20 percent.

As for why the dark chocolate may help blood sugar levels, researchers say its antioxidants may help the body use its insulin more efficiently to control blood sugar, which would help to lower blood sugar levels naturally.

Ready for your own chocolate study? The first MISS University on November 13, 2012 will feature guest speaker Chef Phoebe of San Francisco’s Studio of Good Living — who will give a dark chocolate truffle making demonstration and talk more about the healthy benefits of indulging in dark chocolate. Only a few tickets left — check out the invitation here.

 

 

Photo via Flickr: by EuroMagic

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