Chocolate is an Antioxidant Super Food

In a recent article in Chemistry Central Journal, scientists concluded that cacao and cocoa products, including dark chocolate, have an antioxidant level exceeding the antioxidant level of juices or powders made from super fruits, including acai, blueberries, cranberries, and pomegranate. The study was conducted by Hershey’s. Compared to these fruits, cocoa and dark chocolate were found to have significantly higher oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC); significantly higher total flavanol (TF) content, and equal levels of total polyphenol (TP) content.

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From the study: “Various fruit powders and retail fruit products were obtained and analyzed for antioxidant capacity (ORAC (uM TE/g)), total polyphenol content (TP (mg/g)), and total flavanol content (TF (mg/g)). Among the various powders that were tested, cocoa powder was the most concentrated source of ORAC and TF. Similarly, dark chocolate was a significantly more concentrated source of ORAC and TF than the fruit juices.

Cocoa powder and dark chocolate had equivalent or significantly greater ORAC, TP, and TF values compared to the other fruit powders and juices tested, respectively. Cacao seeds thus provide nutritive value beyond that derived from their macronutrient composition and appear to meet the popular media’s definition of a “Super Fruit”. “*

*Chemistry Central Journal 2011, 5:5doi:10.1186/1752-153X-5-5 Published: 7 February 2011

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