Mexican scientists create cholesterol-lowering drink


IPN students have created a beverage capable of reducing cholesterol and glucose levels

A group of Mexican scientists from the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) has developed a new beverage capable of reducing cholesterol, triglycerides, and glucose levels in the bloodstream. This new chocolate-flavored drink is produced from beans and is similar to milk in consistency.

The enriched drink was tested in mice with a diet high in calories and cholesterol. After consumption, the mice showed a decrease in cholesterol and glucose levels, as well as lipoproteins, according to Cristian Jiménez Martínez and Luis Sergio Muñoz Carrillo, from the IPN’s National School of Biological Sciences.

“The experiment only lasted seven days. However, we did observe a reduction in levels of cholesterol, glucose, and triglycerides, which we take as an indicator of this protein hydrolysate’s positive effects on the human body,” Muñoz assured.

The levels of glucose, cholesterol, and triglycerides in mice were reduced in around 47% and scientists believe that the beverage could be particularly helpful in Mexico, since many citizens suffer from medical conditions related to cardiovascular problems, according to the National Cardiology Institute.

Diabetes is the first cause of death in the country, according to the most recent national health survey.

In order to elaborate the beverage, a flour was elaborated with carefully selected beans. The fat was removed to adjust the substance’s pH levels. cholesterol, hydrolysis, and glucose levels,” explained Muñoz Carrillo.
In the final part of the process, the scientists added sucralose as a sweetener to offer a product that is low in calories and has a consistency similar to that of milk, which is why the team recommended that it be drank cold.

Paired with a healthy diet, the scientists recommended users to consume at least 200 milliliters a day.

Source: El Universal

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