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Cocoa Reduces Obesity-Related Inflammation

June 19, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
A study by Penn State researchers has found that obese mice fed cocoa along with a high-fat diet experienced less obesity-related inflammation than mice not fed cocoa. The mice were fed the human equivalent of 10 tablespoons of cocoa (about four cups of hot cocoa) each day for 10 weeks. The cocoa-fed mice had about 27 percent lower plasma insulin levels, an indicator of diabetes. The cocoa-fed mice also had 32 percent lower levels of liver triglycerides, an indicator of fatty liver disease, inflammation and diabetes.
Yeyi Gu et al., "Dietary cocoa ameliorates obesity-related inflammation in high fat-fed mice", European Journal of Nutrition, June 19, 2013, © Springer
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