More studies on healthy chocolate...more research is needed, but this looks to be's all about Cocoa Flavonols...and they are also found in tea, red wine, and some fruits and vegetables...related story here...and the study does not mean to start drinking a lot of hot chocolate as it contains sugar and sometimes fat...BD

image (Ivanhoe Newswire) – Sipping a hot cut of cocoa might do more than just warm you up if you have diabetes. It could also be helping improve your blood vessel functioning.

German researchers have found a key ingredient in cocoa called flavanols makes it easier for the arteries to expand in the face of increased demand for blood. Since people with diabetes generally have problems with artery expansion, anything that helps open up the flow could reduce their risk for cardiovascular complications.

The study involved 41 type 2 diabetics who were randomly assigned to drink specially formulated cocoa with either high or low concentrations of flavonols over a 30-day period. The researchers are quick to note that the cocoa used in the study is not available in stores, so people shouldn’t rush out and begin drinking hot chocolate to achieve the same results.

Ivanhoe's Medical Breakthroughs - Cup of Cocoa Good for Diabetic Health

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