Health & functionality

Cocoa can be the new cranberry, says food marketing guru

Cocoa can be the new cranberry, says food marketing guru

By Shane Starling

Cocoa and its extracts have the potential to rival the success of cranberries as healthful powerhouses, especially if a recently applied for European Union health claim is approved this year, says a leading consultant and author.

10 key trends for chocolate products

10 key trends for chocolate products

Ethically responsible companies catering to health-conscious consumers with clean-label premium products are likeliest to win, according to a market analyst.

First yeast-derived beta glucan approved as novel food in EU

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First yeast-derived beta glucan approved as novel food in EU

By Oliver Nieburg

Health ingredients firm Biothera has been granted novel foods approval in the EU for its immune health ingredient yeast beta glucan and said there were prospects for manufacturers in a variety of food formulations.

Cocoa compounds show joint health potential

Cocoa compounds show joint health potential

By Stephen Daniells

Flavonoid compounds in cocoa may reduce inflammation associated with arthritis in lab animals, says a new study with possible implications for joint health.

Cocoa and heart health: Not a reason to over-indulge

Nutrigenomics shows blood pressure benefits of cocoa

By Stephen Daniells

The potential of polyphenol compounds in cocoa to reduce blood pressure is related to genotype, suggests a new nutrigenomic study that deepens our understanding of the cardiovascular benefits of cocoa.

Research suggests chocolate can deliver a bigger antioxidant payload than some so-called super fruits

Chocolate is the new super fruit, claim Hershey scientists

By Jane Byrne

Cocoa powder and dark chocolate has equivalent polyphenol content and greater antioxidant and flavanol content than various super fruits, claims a new study by research scientists based at the Hershey Center for Health and Nutrition.

EFSA strikes a blow against cocoa health claims

EFSA strikes a blow against cocoa health claims

By Jane Joseph

The European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA) has struck a blow to the confectionery industry by saying there is not enough evidence to support a link between cocoa flavanols and some of the often touted health benefits.

Mars and Barry Callebaut team up on flavanols

Mars and Barry Callebaut team up on flavanols

By Jane Byrne

A standard for measuring the antioxidant-rich cocoa flavanols in chocolate products, a broadening of the market for functional chocolate as well as boosting consumer awareness are the objectives of a new alliance between Mars Inc and Barry Callebaut.

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