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Mars, Callebaut To Push For Uniformity Of Flavanol Content In Chocolate Products

February 15, 2010: 05:39 AM EST
Two global chocolate manufacturers have agreed to jointly advance a common and reliable standard for measuring flavanols in food and to boost uniform flavanol content in chocolate products. Mars Inc. and Switzerland’s Barry Callebaut said their agreement will promote “acceptance and availability” of foods containing flavanols. Numerous studies have found potential health benefits in cocoa’s flavanols. But the two companies debunked recent findings that the darker the chocolate the greater the cocoa and flavanol content. Cocoa is naturally rich in flavanols, a Mars executive said, but the key to retaining them in foods is meticulous processing. Without careful measuring and handling “throughout the manufacturing process, there is just no guarantee the product contains meaningful levels of the flavanols."
"GLOBAL: Mars, Barry Callebaut push health benefits of chocolate", Just-food.com, February 15, 2010, © just-food.com
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