“Just eating high-cacao chocolate ‘after meals'” prevents hyperglycemia, and the effect of high-cacao chocolate on blood sugar levels is revealed in human trials.

General Incorporated Association Adult Diet Institute
“Just eating high-cacao chocolate ‘after meals'” prevents
hyperglycemia, and the effect of high-cacao chocolate on blood sugar levels is revealed in human trials.

The Adult Diet Research Institute (office: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, representative: Yasuyo Kishimura, hereinafter referred to as our research institute), which conducts food promotion activities for busy adults, aims to improve lifestyle habits that can be easily started without stress. , I have been providing health advice using familiar ingredients and supervising nutritionally balanced products. This time, we focused on the suppression of postprandial hyperglycemia by “devising the order of eating” such as vegetable first (*), which is becoming established as one of diabetes prevention, and when high cacao chocolate is ingested “after meals” instead of before meals. However, it has been shown to have a blood sugar-lowering effect. Among lifestyle-related diseases, the number of diabetes patients continues to increase, and in 2019, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare reported that “approximately 1 in 5 men (19.7%) are strongly suspected of having diabetes” (2019 National Health and Nutrition Report). Investigation) and announced. Prevention by improving dietary habits is becoming more and more important. In response to this, in recent years, in addition to its palatability, we have focused on high-cacao chocolate, which has been suggested to have the potential to prevent hypertension and myocardial infarction due to its functionality, and consider whether it can contribute to reducing the prevalence of diabetes. bottom. According to various previous studies, it was assumed that ingesting high-cocoa chocolate containing a large amount of dietary fiber and polyphenols before meals slowed digestion and absorption, suppressing the rise in postprandial blood sugar levels. We examined the changes when high cocoa chocolate was ingested “after” ingestion.
(*) Vegetable first: A method of eating foods that contain dietary fiber, such as vegetables, at the beginning of each meal. Dietary fiber slows down the absorption of sugar and is said to have the effect of suppressing the sudden rise in blood sugar after meals. [Test results] Blood sugar level rise suppression effect of high cocoa chocolate Eating high-cocoa chocolate after meals (red) suppressed the rise in blood sugar levels more than eating cup noodles alone (gray). [Image 1

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* Statistical analysis was performed and a significant difference was observed. ***: P-0.001
【Test method】
Eighteen healthy men in their 20s to 50s were asked to eat the following two patterns AB at set times, and their postprandial blood glucose levels were measured over time, and changes in blood glucose levels (average values) over time were measured. Examined.
*Commercially available cup noodles and high cacao chocolate (86%) are used. 15 minutes after taking cup noodles, take high cacao chocolate (3 pieces). We commissioned SOUKEN to conduct the test after applying and receiving approval from the Ethics Committee.
[About the results]
Dr. Toshiro Ikeya (director of Ikeya Clinic), a doctor of medicine, said, “In the high cacao chocolate intake group, insulin secretion increases and blood sugar levels decrease, so cacao polyphenols and dietary fiber promote GLP-1 secretion from the small intestine. , It can be speculated that GLP-1 may have promoted insulin secretion from the pancreas and may have increased the uptake of sugar to muscle cells.High-cocoa chocolate is easy to use, and I want a sweet dessert after a meal. This time, it has been proven that it can be used at times.This time, we can say that it is a good food to actively consume throughout the day, because such results were obtained even after meals.”
A rapid rise in postprandial blood sugar increases the risk of lifestyle-related diseases such as obesity and diabetes, and the subsequent rapid drop in blood sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased concentration. It is also being studied that “hidden hyperglycemia” due to postprandial hyperglycemia is one of the causes of inflammation in the body, the risk of vascular disease, and the risk of dementia. Our research institute will continue to promote food proposals that contribute to the prevention of diabetes among working generations.
[About dietary fiber and high cacao chocolate that Japanese people lack] Dietary fiber is known to have effects such as improving the intestinal environment, suppressing the rise of postprandial blood sugar levels, discharging lipids such as cholesterol, and
anti-glycation effects. In recent years, it has also attracted attention as an antidiabetic drug. It increases the secretion of GLP-1 secreted in the intestines, and by fermenting it in the intestines, the short-chain fatty acids produced by intestinal bacteria can reduce appetite. It is a nutrient that is attracting attention for various effects such as suppression, immunity, suppression of blood sugar rise, promotion of mucin secretion related to intestinal barrier function, allergy countermeasures, etc. On the other hand, even in the “2019 National Health and Nutrition Survey” mentioned above, there is a shortage for both men and women in their 20s to 50s, which is a problem for working generations who lead busy lives.
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In this test, we used an average 86% high cocoa chocolate among the high cocoa chocolates on the market. High-cacao chocolate can provide the amount of dietary fiber that Japanese people lack (20-50s average: 2.6g) just by consuming 3 pieces (*) In addition, cacao polyphenols can cause blood pressure and myocardial infarction It has been suggested that it may prevent such things as this, and it has the advantage of being easy to take on the go, making it easy to incorporate into your daily life.
Although previous studies have shown that dietary fiber has the effect of suppressing the rise in blood sugar level depending on the order in which it is eaten, this time, it was revealed for the first time that just eating high-cocoa chocolate (86%) after a meal has the effect of suppressing the rise in blood sugar level. I was.
(*) Per commercial high cacao chocolate (5.0g): 0.8g
[Background of the test]
The working generation (20s to 50s) has a serious tendency to consume less vegetables, and the amount of dietary fiber is also insufficient. As for the obstacles to healthy eating habits, 27.5% of respondents answered that they “do not have time because they are busy with work (housework, childcare, etc.),” It is 25.3%, highlighting the current situation where it is necessary to propose foods and eating methods that can be easily added (from the aforementioned “National Health and Nutrition Survey”).
Diabetes tends to worsen due to lifestyle habits such as daily eating habits, and it tends to increase at a stretch after the age of 40 to 50 due to the accumulation of many years of eating habits. Suppression and prevention of diabetes and postprandial hyperglycemia, which are one of the causes of the ever-increasing dialysis (diabetic
nephropathy), which has become an issue in recent years, also has social significance. At our research institute, as a nutritional improvement method that can be easily practiced for ramen, which is a typical single-item meal that busy adults tend to choose, we investigated the effect of consuming high-cocoa chocolate that can be easily and deliciously maintained without changing your daily life. I did a test to verify whether
[Inquiries regarding the test]
General Incorporated Association Adult Diet Research Institute Contact: Oishi, Nakamori
2-26-11-2F Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-6869-6858
HP: http://otona-diet.jp/
Email: koho@otona-diet.jp

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