If you have diabetes, you are probably wondering if it is okay to have a bite of chocolate or to continue your usual cup of cocoa tea.
While consuming sugary chocolate bars might not be a good thing, studies show that just the opposite is true when it comes to dark chocolate, made from real cocoa. Cocoa is rich in polyphenols.
According to a study reported in "Diabetic Medicine," a journal of the British Diabetic Association, researchers found that feeding about 1.5 ounces of polyphenol-rich chocolate to a small group of diabetics for 8 weeks was effective in improving HDL or "good" cholesterol levels. On the other hand, when the individuals were fed low-polyphenos chocolate no changes in cholesterol was seen.
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