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Chocolate and red wine can help stave off diabetes (Antioxidants regulate blood glucose)
Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20 January 2014 | Jenny Hope

Posted on 01/20/2014 7:50:22 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o

It sounds like the ingredient list for an indulgent dessert. But red wine, chocolate and strawberries are more than a guilty pleasure. They could all help guard against diabetes.

A study found for the first time the high content of flavonoids found in berry fruits may regulate blood glucose levels, and stave off type 2 diabetes.

Flavonoids are antioxidant compounds found in plants, as well as tea, red wine and chocolate, which can protect against a wide range of diseases, including heart disease, hypertension, some cancers and dementia.

The study found the main protective effect came from higher intakes of anthocyanins, which are present in strawberries, blackcurrants, blackberries and blueberries.

Researchers from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and King's College London reveal that high intakes are linked with lower insulin resistance and better blood glucose regulation.

They also lowered inflammation which, when chronic, can lead to disease, says the study published today in the Journal of Nutrition.

Prof Aedin Cassidy from UEA's Norwich Medical School, who led the research, said 'We focused on flavones, which are found in herbs and vegetables such as parsley, thyme, and celery, and anthocyanins, found in berries, red grapes, wine and other red or blue-coloured fruits and vegetables.

'This is one of the first large-scale human studies to look at how these powerful bioactive compounds might reduce the risk of diabetes.'

Much more at link.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


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KEYWORDS: antioxidants; chocolate; diabetes; glucose; strawberries; whee; wine

Something to counteract your January blues.

1 posted on 01/20/2014 7:50:22 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Interesting site that shows how much sugar is in common foods.

http://www.sugarstacks.com/


2 posted on 01/20/2014 7:55:27 AM PST by Starboard
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Until you see the price of strawberries this time of year.


3 posted on 01/20/2014 7:55:48 AM PST by Tax-chick (What did you think would happen?)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Great...I have lost about 17 lbs since summer...chocolate and red wine NEVER left my menu...they sustained it.


4 posted on 01/20/2014 7:56:40 AM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

What’s a girl to do, I don’t care for chocolate and can’t tolerate the tannin in red wine (actually, wine in general doesn’t agree with me since they started sulfite to white wines.)


5 posted on 01/20/2014 7:58:53 AM PST by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: Tax-chick
Until you see the price of strawberries this time of year.

Speaking from experience, that is nothing compared to the expense of diabetes. My meds without insurance exceeded $700 per month for a pre-Insulin treatment a few years back.

6 posted on 01/20/2014 8:00:59 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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7 posted on 01/20/2014 8:01:25 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: zerosix

http://blogs.wsj.com/wine/2010/05/25/finding-a-nearly-tannin-free-red/

There IS a GOD!


8 posted on 01/20/2014 8:03:03 AM PST by chicagolady (Mexican Elite say: EXPORT Poverty and Let the the Stupid AmericanTaxpayer foot the bill !)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

bttt


9 posted on 01/20/2014 8:06:02 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: thackney
that is nothing compared to the expense of diabetes

I'm sure that's true.

10 posted on 01/20/2014 8:07:45 AM PST by Tax-chick (What did you think would happen?)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
This article is about reducing the risk of getting type 2 diabetes.

If you have type 2 diabetes these foods may or may not be good for your intake. Check with a doctor who is familiar with type 2 diabetes. - Tom

11 posted on 01/20/2014 8:14:00 AM PST by Capt. Tom
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To: Mrs. Don-o
'This is because any health benefit from the flavonoids would be dramatically outweighed by the calories in the chocolate and the alcohol in the wine.'

As usual, what they give with the title, they take away with the closing.

This is my most recent indulgence. I brew it half and half with my morning coffee.

http://www.criobru.com/free-sample-pack/

12 posted on 01/20/2014 8:19:59 AM PST by Valpal1 (If the police can t solve a problem with violence, they ll find a way to fix it with brute force)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I’m doing my best.


13 posted on 01/20/2014 8:27:38 AM PST by SkyDancer (Imagine a world without politicians, lawyers and federal judges.)
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To: zerosix
I read a somewhat recent wine article that the industry was lowering sulfites to address the issue, but it was causing shelf-life (as in "taste" changes) problems.

Can't remember if it specified red or white.

"There's a reason manufacturers use preservatives" /ATK's test lackey

14 posted on 01/20/2014 8:32:16 AM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Chocolate and a good Cabernet. Two of my favorite treats.


15 posted on 01/20/2014 8:44:23 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Even more important than adding in foods such as chocolate and red wine, is eliminating the number of calories one takes in at all, and increasing the amount of exercise one gets. The biggest controllable risk factor for adult-onset diabetes is being overweight. People at risk of obesity, and therefore also of diabetes, are not as likely to benefit from the anti-oxidant properties of chocolate (only dark chocolate is shown to have any benefits for anyone, so eating a candy bar doesn’t count), as they are to benefit from exercise and improved diet.


16 posted on 01/20/2014 8:45:27 AM PST by MWFsFreedom
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To: Mrs. Don-o

17 posted on 01/20/2014 9:17:39 AM PST by Overtaxed
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To: zerosix

What’s a girl to do, I don’t care for chocolate and can’t tolerate the tannin in red wine (actually, wine in general doesn’t agree with me since they started sulfite to white wines.)

Try the California chardonnays like Edna Valley and others from the Sonoma area. They generally do not have the sulfites like the French and Washington chardonnays do.


18 posted on 01/20/2014 9:26:29 AM PST by angry elephant (Endangered species in Seattle)
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To: Mrs. Don-o


19 posted on 01/20/2014 9:29:27 AM PST by MuttTheHoople (Nothing is more savage and brutal than justifiably angry Americans. Don’t believe me? Ask the Germa)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

If you are relatively sedentary, and you eat a pile of carbohydrates at every meal, chocolate and red wine will not save you. You have to get out of the habit of always having bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, grits, or whatever, three times a day. Just cut that one item from most meals, and you will live longer and better.

I read that before we became “civilized”, we ate about as much sugar in a year as we now eat in one meal.


20 posted on 01/20/2014 9:39:07 AM PST by Born to Conserve
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To: Born to Conserve

And how long did they live?


21 posted on 01/20/2014 9:43:01 AM PST by beandog (All Aboard the Choo Choo Train to Crazy Town)
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To: beandog

“And how long did they live?”

If you see a cause and effect relation in that, you are retarded.


22 posted on 01/20/2014 9:46:02 AM PST by Born to Conserve
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To: Born to Conserve

And you are a jerk. You’re the idiot who cares how much sugar somebody ate before we were “civilized”. I truly detest people like you and I’m not going to take your crap anymore big boy. You can bite me.


23 posted on 01/20/2014 10:50:59 AM PST by beandog (All Aboard the Choo Choo Train to Crazy Town)
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To: angry elephant
Actually, it's the California and Washington wineries that began using sulfites first.

German wines and some French wines don't add the, poison, for me, to their wines!

For those who remember, many restaurants that had salad bars, began using sulfur additives to keep lettuce, other veggies and fruits, from turning brown. Patrons then began developing adverse reactions and needing emergency intervention.

Salad bars mostly went away, save ones at some grocery stores.

In 1986, the FDA banned their use on fresh fruits and vegetables, yet they continue their use in many edible areas and continue to cause adverse reactions! These aren't really allergies but a body's reaction to chemical additives.

What is being added (sulfites) to white wines, produces the same physical reactions to me and many others, thus forcing us to forgo wine altogether!

I will continue to enjoy the occasional sulfite-free imported wine but mostly live without them rather than risk anaphylactic reactions.

24 posted on 01/20/2014 11:21:28 AM PST by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: MWFsFreedom

Yes....I forgot to say in my previous post about losing weight that I was also doing intermittent fasting and interval training (2-3x a week). Overweightness and Diabetes runs in my family.


25 posted on 01/20/2014 7:11:30 PM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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