by Marion Nestle
Jan 7 2008

What nerve! Benefits of chocolate questioned

Food Production Daily, my source of much interesting information about European production of functional foods, today reveals the bitter truth about chocolate. It quotes an article in The Lancet revealing that most of the beneficial antioxidants in cocoa are removed during processing. But a spokesperson for the chocolate industry says (my emphasis): “Anyone already on a healthy and balanced diet should be able to indulge occasionally in one or two squares of dark chocolate and benefit from a few health benefits as well.”

But of course. As I am always saying, promoting the health benefits of chocolate is about marketing, not health.

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I guess this means that those pushing the use of raw cacao nibs have a point! Why do manufacturers feel they have to have a health claim to sell a product? What about the pure joy of eating a square or two of bittersweet chocolate? We are all so confused about what to eat!

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