Study calls for women to eat chocolate daily

150 women needed to eat chocolate every day

Researchers are looking for 150 women to volunteer to eat chocolate daily for one year, all in the name of science..

The study is being conducted at the University of East Anglia, and wants to discover the potential health benefits of cocoa.

The research will focus on the effects of flavanoids, a compound found within chocolate, which is believed to help reduce the risk of heart disease.

Funded by Diabetes UK, the researchers aim to discover if eating cocoa could help diminish the risk of heart disease in women with type 2 diabetes. Heart disease has become the most common cause of death for victims of the disease, and women with diabetes are five times more likely to develop heart conditions than women without.

The 150 volunteers will eat 27 grams of a specially formulated chocolate, which will contain added flavonoids. Soy, another rich source of the compound, will also be added to the mix.

Researcher Dr Ketan Dhatariya explains, ‘The hypothesis of this exciting study is that flavonoids, in this case compounds found in cocoa and soy, may improve the level of protection against heart disease over and above that provided by conventional drugs. If the trial confirms this, it could have a far-reaching impact on the advice we give to post menopausal women who have type 2 diabetes.’

The study is still in its early stages, and until then it is advised that women with type 2 diabetes do not rush to stock up on their favourite chocolates- as the high levels of sugar and fat can also exasperate the condition.

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