14:33 20 January 2014
UK scientists have claimed that some unlikely food and drinks – chocolate and red wine -- could be the answer to preventing diabetes.
Based on the study, dark chocolate, berries, and red wine contain flavonoids that when eaten at high levels can offer protection against type 2 diabetes as it helps the body regulate sugar levels.
Professor Aedin Cassidy has led the research at the University of East Anglia in Norwich.
She said: "Small changes to the normal diet you have can have significant effects on prevention efforts.
"We show that one portion of berries every day can help you control your blood sugar levels but also prevent you having a heart attack."
Meanwhile, dietician Dr Sarah Schenker said: "This is another study that strengthens what we know about them in our diet. They have already been shown to be powerful against cancer and heart disease.
"But there is always a tipping point with things like chocolate, red wine and even coffee ... too much outweighs the benefits."
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