Further proof that you can have your chocolate and eat it too

There’s not much that makes me happier than being able to tell you to eat more chocolate. And as luck would have it, today I get to do just that, thanks to the results of a new study.

It’s a good one, too—a recent review of 19 different randomized, controlled trials, featuring more than 1,100 subjects.

Researchers from Brown University conducted this analysis. And they found significant improvements along a range of cardiometabolic factors with cocoa flavanol intake between 200 and 600 mg per day. These changes included drops in blood sugar and insulin levels. Not to mention increases in heart healthy HDL, and declines in deadly triglycerides.

Results showed benefits in both men and women—and regardless of whether subjects ate or drank their cocoa flavanols.

That said, most of these results came from dark chocolate or cocoa powder… leading the researchers to point out that you shouldn’t expect the same results from a bag of Hershey’s kisses.

This meta-analysis appeared in the Journal of Nutrition. And it’s just further proof that good health really can be delicious, if you know what you’re doing.

My recommendation, as always: Stick with 100 percent pure cocoa powder. Mix it with unsweetened almond or coconut milk. And add stevia to taste.

You won’t find a better concoction to warm up with on a cold winter evening.