Washington: A new study has revealed that a few cups of hot cocoa may not only fight off the chill of a winter`s day, but they could also help obese people better control inflammation-related diseases, such as diabetes.Mice that were fed cocoa with a high-fat diet experienced less obesity-related inflammation than mice fed the same high-fat diet without the supplement, Joshua Lambert, associate professor of food science, said. The mice ate the human equivalent of 10 tablespoons of cocoa powder-about four or five cups of hot cocoa-during a 10-week period."What surprised me was the magnitude of the effect. There wasn`t as big of an effect on the body weight as we expected, but I was surprised at the dramatic reduction of inflammation and fatty liver disease," Lambert said.The researchers reported that several indicators of inflammation and diabetes in the mice that were fed the cocoa supplement were much lower than the mice that were fed the high-fat diet without the cocoa powder and almost identical to the ones found that were fed a low-fat diet in the control group.
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