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    Cocoa powder increases insulin levels an average of 28% more than other flavors

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    Tuesday, October 05, 2004 8:00 am Email this article
    Cocoa powder increases insulin release an average of 28 percent more than other flavors according to a recent study. Cocoa did not increase blood sugar more than other flavors

    However, cocoa powder did not increase blood sugar levels (glycemic index) more than other flavors.

    Chocolate milk increased insulin levels 45 percent more than strawberry milk

    The largest difference seen was with chocolate milk versus strawbery milk. Chocolate milk increased insulin levels 45 percent more than strawberry milk.

    Fat, protein, sugar, etc. do not explain the differences in insulin levels

    While fat, protein, sugar, fiber and calorie density—that is the amount of calories for a given amount of food—explains how a food affects blood sugar levels (glycemic index), it does not explain its effect on insulin. 

    Comment: Elevated insulin levels increase hunger

    Elevated insulin levels are associated with an increase in body fat according to recent studies.


    Brand-Miller J, Holt S, De Jong V, Petocz P. Cocoa powder increases postprandial insulinemia in lean young adults. J Nutr. 2003 Oct, 133(10):3149-52.


    J. C. Brand-Miller
    Human Nutrition Unit
    University of Sydney
    NSW, 2006, Australia

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