Good news! Chocolate and wine can be beneficial to your health, a scientific study has suggested.
THERE’S your excuse to enjoy them more.
A new study of more than 124,000 people that covered up to 24 years found that foods high in so-called flavonoids helped prevent weight gain.
Such compounds are found in high quantities in fruits and veg including berries, apples and onions, but are also found in tea, chocolate and wine.
The research comes from the from Harvard and the University of East Anglia (via The Guardian).
Professor Aedin Cassidy, from UEA’s Norwich Medical School, explained: “Most adults gain weight as they age and even small increases in weight can have a substantial impact on risk of high blood pressure, developing heart disease, cancer or diabetes – so strategies to help individuals maintain a healthy weight in middle-age are needed.
“We found that an increased consumption of most flavonoids was associated with weight maintenance, and even a modest weight loss. The results were found to be consistent across men and women, and different ages.”
It probably doesn’t mean you can get away with pigging out on chocolate 24/7 of course and not too surprisingly, fruit is still going to be far better for you.
The best of the ‘flavonoids foods’ were named as blueberries, strawberries, cherries, blackberries, grapes, radishes and blackcurrants.