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Cocoa Flavanol Science

Cocoa Flavanol Science

Chocolate's key ingredient cocoa has been tied to a string of positive health effects such as cardiovascular benefits and improved cognition to name just a few. Track developments from scientific research and see how the chocolate industry views business prospects for better-for-you chocolate.

Werther’s Original NPD pairs caramel and chocolate

August Storck, has introduced a caramel product with a chocolate filling to the US under its Werther’s Original brand.

Mars to enter UK supplement space with cocoa flavanol pills

Confectionery giant Mars plans to launch its CocoaVia line of cocoa flavanol-based food supplements in the UK and Ireland later this month.

Health & wellness chocolate to outpace regular category: Euromonitor

Functional, organic and reduced-sugar chocolate are set for higher volume and value growth than regular chocolate up to 2021, says Euromonitor.

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Transparency and portion-control: Execs at top candy firms set 2017 expectations

Mars Wrigley, Ferrara, Just Born, and other top candy firms offer their business outlooks for 2017 and share details of innovation in the pipeline.

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Theo Chocolate introduces heart health quinoa cocoa flavanol clusters

Bean-to-bar maker Theo Chocolate has launched a range of quinoa chocolate clusters containing 50 mg of flavanols per serving.

Cocoa compound shows appetite-controlling potential

Epicatechin – compound found in cocoa – may reduce food intake, and subsequently help control appetite and weight management, says a new study.

Higher cocoa chocolate may not mean more flavanols, say researchers

The most familiar quality parameter of chocolate – the cocoa solids percentage – has no correlation with flavanol levels, according to a study by the University of Reading.

Healthy chocolate: EU cocoa flavanol health claim ‘should be revised’, say researchers

Cocoa flavanols do have cardiovascular health benefits, but more are needed in a single dose than the EU’s approved health claim, say researchers.

Good Chocolate Company's heart health chocolate comes to UK and Denmark

The Good Chocolate Company is to introduce better-for-you chocolate brand Lavlé, containing Barry Callebaut’s Acticoa, to the UK and Denmark.

Europe’s first cocoa flavanol health claim chocolate to hit store shelves

Belgian firm Vandenbulcke has introduced ChoVita, the first chocolate brand in Europe that makes a cocoa flavanol health claim that it is 'good for your blood flow'.

Chocolate unsuitable for cocoa flavanol delivery despite new heart health pros, says Mars-backed consortium

Cocoa flavanols have been tied to lowering blood pressure and heart disease risk in new research by a Mars-backed project, but study authors say chocolate is too calorific to be...

Cocoa flavanols may reverse memory decline, but not in chocolate, says Mars-backed study

A Mars-supported study suggests that cocoa flavanols in a functional drink may reverse age-related memory decline, but the same effect may not be true in chocolate.

High flavanol chocolate: Which cocoa flavanols are the best?

Epicatechin is the gold standard cocoa flavanol says a medical doctor, but Barry Callebaut claims all flavanols have a positive effect on cardiovascular health.

Mars faces class action over cocoa flavanol claims

Mars will face allegations it mislabeled cocoa flavanol content in its chocolate bars, after a judge rejected a request to dismiss the US lawsuit.

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Better-for-you chocolate still a niche after cocoa flavanol health claim: Euromonitor

Functional confectionery has made only small gains since approval of Barry Callebaut’s cocoa flavanol health claim but opportunities exist for premiumized chocolate products, says a Euromonitor analyst.

Mars gears up for large-scale cocoa flavanol pill study

Chocolate giant Mars and the US National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute are readying themselves for a five-year research project into possible heart-health benefits of taking a daily flavanol-rich capsule. ...

Cocoa flavanol losses reduced with superheated steam roasting: Study

Superheated steam roasting retains more phenols and flavonoids during cocoa processing than the conventional roasting method, according to research by Universiti Sains in Malaysia.

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Does Callebaut's EU flavanol claim add health bite or bark to dark choc's image?

Barry Callebaut's R&D department talks to ConfectioneryNews after winning a blood flow health claim for cocoa flavanols in dark chocolate and cocoa beverages.

Big differences in cocoa flavanol losses during roasting

A study has found stark differences in the amount of cocoa flavanols preserved after cocoa beans from different origins have been roasted.

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Cocoa flavanol content varies depending on origin, says Callebaut

Barry Callebaut’s innovation department has revealed that the level of cocoa flavanols, which are associated with a string of positive health effects, vary depending on where beans are sourced....

Cocoa flavanols give snail brains a boost

Cocoa flavanols found in dark chocolate called epicatechin can improve the memories of snails, according to researchers.

High flavanol cocoa can boost brain functioning, finds Mars study

Cocoa flavanols can improve mild cognitive impairment, according to new research funded by chocolate giant Mars.

Mars study finds cardiovascular pros from cocoa flavanols are independent of antioxidants

Cardiovascular benefits from cocoa flavanols are independent of any antioxidant properties, according to a study by Mars.

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