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Mars Backs Health Research

Posted Dec 18 2008 8:15pm

Mars (as in the chocolate maker), is footing research to show that cocoa -- which most of its chocolate candies contain -- can be used to treat diabetes, strokes, and vascular disease.

Excuse me, from what planet is this Mars confectionary company?

Sure, I'll easily concede that considerable scientific research shows that flavanols -- the plant chemicals found in cocoa -- do contain health benefits, as the Mars-funded Chocolate Information Center aptly points out.

But, come on, chocolate is also loaded with sugar, fat and dairy, which probably far outweigh any positive effects you could get!

Even so, as News.Scotsman.com reported, experts from around the world gathered at a meeting in Switzerland this week organized by Mars to discuss more than 80 peer-reviewed studies about the possible health benefits of flavanols.

Mars (as in the chocolate maker), is footing research to show that cocoa -- which most of its chocolate candies contain -- can be used to treat diabetes, strokes, and vascular disease.

Excuse me, from what planet is this Mars confectionary company?

Sure, I'll easily concede that considerable scientific research shows that flavanols -- the plant chemicals found in cocoa -- do contain health benefits, as the Mars-funded Chocolate Information Center aptly points out.

But, come on, chocolate is also loaded with sugar, fat and dairy, which probably far outweigh any positive effects you could get!

Even so, as News.Scotsman.com reported, experts from around the world gathered at a meeting in Switzerland this week organized by Mars to discuss more than 80 peer-reviewed studies about the possible health benefits of flavanols.

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