Washington, April 3 IANS | 9 months ago

Amid various health benefit studies on chocolate that inspire you to munch another one, research reveals that a key ingredient in chocolate might help lose weight and lower type-2 diabetes risk.

The researchers from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University added the flavanol named oligomeric procyanidins (PCs) found in cocoa - the basic ingredient of chocolate - in the food for mice.

They found that it made a huge difference in keeping the mice's weight down if they were on high-fat diets.

This compound also improved glucose tolerance which could potentially help prevent type-2 diabetes.

People know that cocoa has the potential to boost heart health, lower blood sugar and decrease body fat.

"Now we know that a particular flavanol can also help you fight obesity and type-2 diabetes," said lead author Andrew P. Neilson.

The scientists fed groups of mice different diets, including high-fat and low-fat diets, and high-fat diets supplemented with different kinds of flavanols.

"Oligomeric PCs 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 noted.

The study was appeared in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

(Posted on 03-04-2014)

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