Mangoes May Benefit Blood Glucose
The National Mango Board recently published a press release “Emerging Research Suggests Mango Consumption Holds Potential to Positively Impact Blood Sugar in Obese Individuals and Mango Polyphenols May Contribute to Anti-Inflammatory Activity in Cells” research presented at Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology in Boston.
Mangoes may help regulate blood glucose levels and limit inflammation in people who are obese. Mangoes are also good sources of vitamins A, C, and B6, as well as dietary fiber. Polyphenols (a type of antioxidant) found in fresh mangoes may limit inflammation in cancerous and noncancerous breast cells.
Scientists at Oklahoma State University recruited 11 men and nine women, all of whom had a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. Participants were given dietary supplements containing 10g of freeze-dried mango (equal to 100g of fresh mango per day) for 12 weeks.
Asparagus and diabetes
A study, published in British Journal of Nutrition, showed that asparagus can help control blood sugar levels. High doses of asparagus extract had an effect on insulin production by pancreas, organ which releases hormone into bloodstream.
Critics note that the study was performed on rats who had been induced into non-obese type 2 diabetes.
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Diabetes rate lower in black tea-drinking countries
Research shows that countries where populations drink more black tea have less people with the risk of diabetes. The study included data on black tea consumption and disease (including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease and infectious disease) rates from 50 countries.
* Some counties with higher intake of tea and less rates of diabetes include: United Kingdom, Turkey and Ireland.
* Countries with the least black tea and higher rates included: Mexico, Morocco, Brazil, China and South Korea.
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