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Eat­ing high lev­els of cer­tain flavonoids found in berries, tea and choco­late can pro­tect against type 2 di­a­betes, re­search pub­lished in The Jour­nal of Nu­tri­tion shows. A UK study of 2000 peo­ple found that high in­takes of an­tho­cyanins and flavones are as­so­ci­ated with lower in­sulin re­sis­tance and bet­ter blood glu­cose reg­u­la­tion. The sci­en­tists found those who ate the most an­tho­cyanins were “least likely to suf­fer chronic in­flam­ma­tion” linked to di­a­betes, obe­sity, car­dio­vas­cu­lar disease and can­cer. Over­weight and obese adults who drink diet fizzy drinks have been found to con­sume more calo­ries from food than peo­ple who swig reg­u­lar fizzy drinks, ac­cord­ing to new US re­search.

Ar­ti­fi­cial sweet­en­ers, which are of­ten present in large amounts in diet soft drinks, have been linked with in­creased ac­ti­va­tion of re­ward ar­eas in the brain. Sci­en­tists at the John Hop­kins Bloomberg School of Pub­lic Health found that in peo­ple who en­joy diet drinks, the brain’s sweet sen­sors may no longer pro­vide a re­li­able gauge of en­ergy con­sump­tion as the ar­ti­fi­cial sweet­ener dis­rupts ap­petite reg­u­la­tion – so con­sump­tion of diet drinks may re­sult in in­creased to­tal food in­take.

Just 20 min­utes of sun­light ex­po­sure can re­duce blood pres­sure and save lives

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