Dietary Recommendation for Flavanols Released
Flavanols are various compounds that are found naturally in many fruits and vegetables and rich in antioxidants. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has released the first ever dietary recommendation for flavanols, 400 to 600 milligrams to support cardiometabolic health.
The researchers used the Evidence to Decision Framework in developing the guideline, which is the process panels making healthcare recommendation use to move from evidence to decision. They used evidence from 157 randomized controlled trials and 15 cohort studies. They reviewed the quality and strength of evidence and risk of bias in reporting while reviewing the trials and studies.
They found evidence supporting cardiometabolic protection resulting from flavanol intake within the range of 400 to 600 milligrams daily. They also found evidence that increasing consumption of flavanols may help support healthy blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels.
Increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables is a good way to increase flavanol intake. Foods that are especially high in flavanols include berries, red cabbage, onions, tea, red wine, dark chocolate, and citrus fruits.
The recommendation was created by researchers from the University of Alabama, the USDA, the University of California Davis, and George Mason University. It was published on October 3, 2022 in the journal Advances in Nutrition.
In a previous study, high intake of flavanols was linked to blood sugar health benefits.