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  • Study: Phenols in cocoa bean shells may reverse obesity-related problems in mouse cells

    Photo of food science professor Elvira Gonzalez de Mejia and graduate student Miguel Rebello-Hernanz

    Compounds in cocoa bean shells fight obesity, inflammation and insulin resistance in mouse cells, according to new research by University of Illinois food science professor Elvira Gonzalez de Mejia and Miguel Rebello-Hernanz, a visiting scholar in food science.  

    Photo by Fred Zwicky


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  • Editor’s notes: To contact Elvira Gonzalez de Mejia, call 217-244-3196; email

    To contact Miguel Rebollo-Hernanz, email or

    The paper “Cocoa shell aqueous phenolic extract preserves mitochondrial function and insulin sensitivity by attenuating inflammation between macrophages and adipocytes in vitro“ is available online or from the News Bureau

    DOI: 10.1002/mnfr.201801413