- Epidemiologists at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston report that eating up to 1 oz (30 g) of chocolate per day protects against heart failure, which is a common complication of type 2 diabetes.
- Researchers at the University of Hull in England report that eating up to 45 g (1-1/2 oz) of dark chocolate a day increases protective HDL cholesterol.
- The NHLBI heart study found that eating more chocolate is associated with less cholesterol plaque in arteries. Even 1 serving a week has a small but measurable effect.
- Eating dark chocolate lowers blood pressure, about 4 "points" (mm Hg), but the effect is greater for people who eat 6 g a day (about the amount of chocolate in a single Hershey's kiss) than in those who eat 25 g a day (a very small chocolate bar), according to German researchers.
And Japanese scientists publishing their findings in the British Journal of Nutrition report that eating small amounts of chocolate and regularly drinking small amounts of tea, coffee, and other caffeinated beverages prevents type 2 diabetes from ever occurring. But place the emphasis on "small."