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Chocolate Could Prevent Obesity, Diabetes

09-08-2014

Dark chocolate could help prevent obesity and type 2 diabetes, according to a new study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Researchers tested key ingredients in the cocoa in dark chocolate on lab mice and found that they could help prevent excessive weight gain, and could even bring down the levels of blood sugar.

"We found that one specific class of compounds called oligomeric procyanidins had by far the best ability to prevent the onset of obesity and diabetes," said Dr. Andrew Neilson, assistant professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology at Virginia Tech.

Previous research by Louisiana State University has found that dark chocolate can also be good for your heart and your brain, and it contains anti-oxidants as well as vitamins and minerals.

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