Do you have type 2 diabetes? Then there's a good chance you may have, or develop, impaired blood vessel function. So why not reach for some delectable, dark chocolate? It can help!
Recent research has found further evidence that the flavanols in cocoa (no, flavanols don't "flavor" the chocolate–they're beneficial phytochemicals) have a beneficial effect on the FMD of your blood vessels. FMD stands for flow-mediated dilation, and measures the ability of your blood vessels to relax and just let things, well, go with the flow. The researchers compared diabetic people, all on medication, drinking cocoa beverages with different flavanol levels. Those consuming more flavanols had larger increases in FMD.
Remember, some chocolate and cocoa processing removes flavanols, so go with cocoa powder that is not Dutched when you put it into recipes
Want to kick off your day with a sweet treat that boosts your energy and keeps that blood flowing and keeps your blood pressure under control?
Let some unsweetened, not Dutched cocoa powder complement smooth, creamy strawberry kefir and sensuous silken tofu in my ChefMD®-approved Dark Chocolate, Dark Coffee Strawberry Breakfast Smoothie, a great way to get going in the morning!