February 7, 2011
Chocolate Is A ‘Super Fruit’
It is widely known that fruit contains antioxidants which may be beneficial to health. New research published in the open access journal Chemistry Central Journal demonstrates that chocolate is a rich source of antioxidants and contains more polyphenols and flavanols than fruit juice.
When researchers at the Hershey Center for Health & NutritionÃ¢“¢ compared the antioxidant activity in cocoa powder and fruit powders they found that, gram per gram, there was more antioxidant capacity, and a greater total flavanol content, in the cocoa powder.
Dr Debra Miller, the senior author of the paper, says that, "Cacao seeds are a "Super Fruit" providing nutritive value beyond that of their macronutrient composition". Which is great news for chocolate lovers.
This work was funded by The Hershey Company (Hershey, PA).
Reference: Cacao seeds are a "Super Fruit": A comparative analysis of various fruit powders and products. Stephen J. Crozier, Amy G. Preston, W. Jeffrey Hurst, Mark J. Payne, Julie Mann, Larry Hainly and Debra L. Miller. Chemistry Central Journal (in press)
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