Cocoa puffs up insulin in blood

11:54am, October 21, 2003

Eating foods flavored with cocoa powder, as opposed to other flavorings, stimulates greater production of the sugar-processing hormone insulin, Australian scientists report. An excess of insulin, which helps cells extract glucose from the bloodstream, could depress blood sugar concentrations and stimulate appetite. On the other hand, the new observation could reflect a rapid, healthy response to food intake.

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