According to a German study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, drinking enriched cocoa could aid blood vessel function amongst diabetic patients.
Drinking the specially formulated cocoa every day for a month reportedly aided the repair of damaged arteries amongst diabetes patients. The research, experts were quick to point out, only related to the specially formulated drink and did not apply to standard chocolate .
Living a healthier lifestyle can help to reduce the risk of diabetes complications . Cocoa includes an antioxidant chemical called flavanol. Flavanols are also found in green tea, red wine, fruit and vegetables.
Expert opinion from leading UK diabetes charity, Diabetes UK, indicated that although the findings were interesting, drinking hot chocolate high in sugar and fat would not benefit health, and further research into flavanol consumption was required.

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