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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.
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