Is Chocolate a 'Super Fruit?'

Fruits contain many antioxidants which can be beneficial to health. Now, new research has demonstrated that chocolate is also a rich source of antioxidants, and contains more polyphenols and flavanols than fruit juice.

Eurekalert reports:

"When researchers ... compared the antioxidant activity in cocoa powder and fruit powders they found that, gram per gram, there was more antioxidant capacity, and a greater total flavanol content, in the cocoa powder. Similarly when they compared the amount of antioxidants, per serving, of dark chocolate, cocoa, hot chocolate mix and fruit juices they found that both dark chocolate and cocoa had a greater antioxidant capacity and a greater total flavanol, and polyphenol, content than the fruit juices."

Bear in mind, however, that the researchers in question worked at the "Hershey Center for Health & Nutrition". There is very likely more than a bit of corporate influence and bias at work in this research.

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