Sorry Charlie, Chocolate Isn't A Health Food As Chocolate Funded Its Own Health Studies

October 20, 2017

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There's been a lot of good news about chocolate lately, with some reports going as far as calling it a health food.  Come to find out many of those studies were funded by chocolate manufacturers such as Nestlé, Mars and Hershey's. A nutrition researcher says that over the last 30 years chocolate companies made a conscious decision to invest in science to transform the image of their product from a treat to a health food. The reality of the situation is that while specific compounds found in chocolate are linked to improved health, such as flavonols, are less pronounced in studies that are not funded by the candy industry. In other words, the chocolate-funded studies embellished the good properties to overshadow the bad ones.  Chocolate is never a health food and never will be, and those healthy compounds like flavonols found in chocolate are also found in more nutritious foods like apples, cranberries, and kale, just to name a few.

SOURCE: Vox

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