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Eating chocolate daily counteracts diabetes: Study

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LONDON — Consumption of small amounts of chocolate every day may avoid diabetes and insulin resistance, researchers claimed.

In the reports published in the British Journal of Nutrition, researchers analysed data of 1,153 people aged 18-69 years and found that the individuals who ate 100 grams of chocolate a day — equivalent to a bar — had reduced insulin resistance and improved liver enzymes.

Insulin resistance is a well-established risk factor to cardiovascular disease, researchers said.

They hypothesised that chocolate consumption may have a beneficial effect on insulin sensitivity and liver enzymes and therefore decided to analyse a national sample of adults, taking into account lifestyle and dietary factors, including the simultaneous consumption of tea and coffee.

This is because both drinks can be high in polyphenol, the substance which may provide chocolate with its beneficial cardiometabolic effects, researchers said.

“Given the growing body of evidence, including our own study, cocoa-based products may represent an additional dietary recommendation to improve cardio-metabolic health; however, observational results need to be supported by robust trial evidence,” said Saverio Stranges from University of Warwick in the UK.

“Potential applications of this knowledge include recommendations by healthcare professionals to encourage individuals to consume a wide range of phytochemical-rich foods, which can include dark chocolate in moderate amounts,” said Stranges.

“However, it is important to differentiate between the natural product cocoa and the processed product chocolate, which is an energy-dense food,” he added.

More than 80 per cent of participants claimed to eat an average of 24.8 grammes of chocolate a day.

“It is also possible that chocolate consumption may represent an overall marker for a cluster of favourable socio-demographic profiles, healthier lifestyle behaviours and better health status,” said Alaa Alkerwi from Luxembourg Institute of Health.

(With PTI inputs)

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Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days

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KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.

Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.

Nirmala was found dead in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.

According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.

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