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Dark Chocolate And Diabetes, New Study

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Eating chocolate will no more be just a pleasure to satisfy your taste buds. Researchers say an ingredient in it may help people fight obesity and prevent type 2 diabetes too.
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A study conducted by Katheryn M Goodrich, Melanie R. Dorenkott, Katherine A. Thompson-Witrick, Laura E. Griffin, Gabrielle Fundaro, Mostafa Ali, Liyun Ye, Joseph R. Stevens, Sean F. O’Keefe, Matthew W. Hulver and Andrew P. Neilson of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg says one of the ingredients in the chocolate have given promising result on health benefits of mice.

The researchers tested several kinds of flavanols on mice with different diets and found coca was able in glucose tolerance, which further helps in preventing type 2 diabetes.

Cocoa is the basic ingredient in chocolate and is rich in flavanol.

The study was published in the Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry and the writer says the oligomeric procyanidins posses greatest anti-diabetic and anti-obesity bioactivities of flavanols in cocoa.

It is already a known fact that flavanol-rich foods have the potential in boosting up health of the heart, decreasing body fat and lowering of blood sugar.

“Oligomeric procyanidins appear to possess the greatest anti-obesity and anti-diabetic bioactivities of the flavanols in cocoa, particularly at the low doses employed for the present study,” the researchers said.

In one earlier studies scientists also found that flavanol in strawberries and other fruit and vegetables may help in preventing Alzheimer’s disease, age-related memory loss and dementia too.

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