Diabetes prevention in hot chocolate? You can't be serious.
In a recent study, mice fed the human equivalent of 10 tablespoons of cocoa powder for a 10 day period had a 27% drop in insulin. It also reduced triglycerides (harmful liver fat cells) about around 1/3.
The study was conducted by Pennsylvania State University. Professor Lambert of Penn State reports that the mice also had a small drop in their rate of weight gain.
To many, the correlation between good health and cocoa is no surprise. It has been widely used for its medical properties for over 2,000 years. Dark chocolate is highly regarded for it's flavonoids. Fruits and vegetables rich in flavonoids are praised for their cancer prevention and heart health qualities, and it seems cocoa has many of the same appealing attributes.
Like ALL foods, the health benefits of chocolate are found in it’s purest form. In other words, chowing down on an Oh Henry or sticking your face under the chocolate fountain at your cousin’s wedding won’t yield the same insulin crushing results-quite the opposite actually. Cocoa, unlike the common chocolate bar, is actually low in fat and calories and high in fibre.
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