Cocoa powder can warm you up on a chilly night, but it may also help control inflammation-related diseases like diabetes. A Penn State study found that mice fed a high-fat diet with the human equivalent of 10 tablespoons of cocoa powder over 10 weeks had less inflammation than mice not given the cocoa. “I think there’s a good chance we’d see similar results in humans,” says study author Joshua Lambert, Ph.D. Cocoa in powder form is naturally low-cal, low-fat, and high-fiber. “Try it in smoothies,” Lambert suggests.
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