Quiz: Which Foods Affect Diabetes?

Veronique Duqueroy

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August 20, 2014

A cross-sectional analysis of 1001 women aged 70-85 years showed that those who consumed chocolate daily had lower bone density and strength.[16] Although chocolate can be a source of calcium and flavonoids -- which are thought to have beneficial effects on bone -- it is also rich in oxalate, a potent inhibitor of calcium absorption.

On the other hand, the consumption of chocolate has been associated with cardiometabolic health benefits, such as a reduced risk for heart failure, myocardial infarction, and stroke. It also improves the lipid profile and lowers body mass index.[17]

In summary: Overall, eating high-quality chocolate is associated with a wide range of benefits in terms of prediabetes and cardiovascular and neurologic diseases, but it may have a negative effect on bone metabolism.

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