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07 February 2011

Chocolate is a 'super fruit'

It is widely known that fruit contains antioxidants which may be beneficial to health. Now a study shows that chocolate is a rich source of antioxidants.

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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 Centre for Health & Nutrition 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.

Similarly when they compared the amount of antioxidants, per serving, of dark chocolate, cocoa, hot chocolate mix and fruit juices they found that both dark chocolate and cocoa had a greater antioxidant capacity and a greater total flavanol, and polyphenol, content than the fruit juices.

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".

(EurekAlert, February 2011)

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