GERMANTOWN, Md., Oct. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Cacao – the foundation of all chocolate – has enjoyed a centuries-long reputation for a wide range of purported health benefits. As far back as the 16th century, cacao was used to treat a number of ailments ranging from ulcers to heart palpitations.
Though, modern research from around the globe continues to uncover a range of possible health benefits of cacao, somehow the glory continues to befall on its popular derivative, chocolate. To celebrate National Chocolate Day on October 28, Catherine Kwik-Uribe Ph.D, Global Director of Applied Scientific Research and Scientific Regulatory Affairs at Mars Symbioscience, is separating fact from fiction and dispelling common myths surrounding chocolate and whether this treat is in fact "good for health."
"There are many common misconceptions about chocolate, especially when it comes to the stories on its health benefits," says Kwik-Uribe. "While there are countless reports on the benefits of chocolate, what many people do not realize is that chocolate is a source of a group of potent bioactives found naturally in cacao, cocoa flavanols. However, not all chocolate is created equal. In fact, the amount of cocoa flavanols in chocolate varies dramatically as traditional processing methods destroy the cocoa flavanols naturally present."
Dispelling Chocolate-y Rumors
According to Dr. Catherine Kwik-Uribe, here are some of the common myths when it comes to people's perceptions of chocolate:
According to Kwik-Uribe, "It's important to remember that despite the chocolate-y rumors, chocolate is a wonderful, but occasional treat that can be part of a balanced, healthy diet. Cocoa flavanols are found in chocolate, but the amount of chocolate that has to be consumed to achieve the level of intake shown to exert benefits will generally be far above a 'healthy' amount of chocolate. CocoaVia® daily cocoa extract supplement is a convenient way to include cocoa flavanols in your diet every day."
To learn more about how to receive your daily serving of beneficial cocoa flavanols, visit www.CocoaVia.com.
About Mars, Incorporated
In 1911, Frank C. Mars made the first Mars candies in his Tacoma, Washington kitchen and established Mars' first roots as a confectionery company. In the 1920s, Forrest E. Mars, Sr. joined his father in business and together they launched the MILKY WAY® bar. In 1932, Forrest, Sr. Moved to the United Kingdom with a dream of building a business based on the objective of creating a "mutuality of benefits for all stakeholders" – this objective serves as the foundation of Mars, Incorporated today. Based in Mclean, Virginia, Mars has net sales of more than $33 billion, six business segments, including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks, Symbioscience, and more than 72,000 Associates worldwide that are putting its Principles into action to make a difference for people and the planet through its performance.
Mars Symbioscience brands: COCOAVIA®.
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