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Chocolate can be good for you: EU regulator

French chocolate sculptor Patrick Roger poses beside his creations in his workshop in Paris, France on July 24.

Photo: AFP

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has ruled that cocoa powder and dark chocolate can help improve blood circulation — a claim made by Barry Callebaut, the world’s largest maker of chocolate products.

The Swiss group said on July 17 that it had provided evidence to EFSA that eating 10g of dark chocolate or its equivalent in cocoa that were high in flavanols helped blood flow.

For the clinical studies it conducted to back up the claim, Barry Callebaut said it used a special process to make cocoa products that maintains the flavanols, which are usually mostly destroyed during conventional chocolate-making.

If the European Commission signs off on the EFSA ruling, the company and its customers will have the right to use the health claim on packaging for products such as chocolate drinks, cereal bars and biscuits, the company said.

In an opinion posted on the EFSA website, a scientific panel concluded that a cause-and-effect relationship had been established between the consumption of cocoa flavanols and the maintenance of normal vasodilation, which aids blood flow.









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