Eating chocolate on a daily basis may improve insulin levels and liver enzymes in adults, said a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology/Lifestyle 2016 Scientific Sessions.
The study observed in 1,153 adults, aged 18 to 69 years between 2007 and 2009 and 81.8 percent of them were classified as chocolate consumers. They found that consuming 100 mg of chocolate daily was associated with lower levels of insulin resistance, serum insulin and liver enzymes, markers linked to heart disease risk, said lead author Ala’a Alkerwi of Luxembourg Institute of Health.
They also found that chocolate consumers were more likely to be younger, physically active, affluent and with higher education and fewer chronic health issues.
Howevver, unlimited consumption of large quantities of chocolate, without a corresponding increase in activity, increases the risk of obesity, warn other studies. Raw chocolate is high in cocoa butter, a fat removed during chocolate refining, but added later during manufacturing in the form of other fats, sugars, and powdered milk.
Researchers still differ on potential health benefits of consuming chocolate and there are insufficient studies to confirm any effect and no medical or regulatory authority has approved any health claim.