Thursday July 25, 2024

Cocoa likely to lower blood pressure, cholestrol risk

Consumption of cocoa shows no effects on triglycerides, body weight, cholestrol in new research

By Web Desk
July 02, 2024
A representational image showing food made with chocolate kept on a table. — Unsplash/File
A representational image showing food made with chocolate kept on a table. — Unsplash/File

Random controlled trials in a new meta-study looked at the effect of consuming cocoa on cardiovascular disease risk factors.

Cocoa use was associated with varying degrees of improvement in total cholesterol and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and fasting blood glucose, reported Medical News Today.

Researchers also found that cocoa consumption showed no effects on body weight, body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, triglycerides, “good” HDL cholesterol, and HbA1c, which is an important biomarker of diabetes.

Accounting for one in every five fatalities in 2021, heart disease is the leading cause of death across all population categories in the United States, according to the US Centers for Disease Control. It impacts women, men, and every ethnic and racial group.

“Cocoa is a good source of catechins and other polyphenolic compounds like flavanols known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which can support cardiovascular health,” said Michelle Routhenstein, preventive cardiology dietitian at, who was not involved in the new study.

She added: “Cocoa is rich in flavonoids including epicatechin, which is a compound that helps to support nitric oxide-rich pools in the body which help to support heart and blood vessel health.”

However, increased use of cocoa may impact people with diabetes and is not likely to be good for most people. It is essential to consult your medical expert before changing your diet.

Disclaimer: This may not work for everyone. Consult your doctor before trying this out.