Cocoa

Flavanol

ROLE OF BEAN HANDLING ON FLAVANOL LEVELS CLARIFIED

Hershey’s reports that as evidence regarding the health benefits of consuming dark chocolate and cocoa mounts, there has been an ongoing debate about which products deliver the most flavanols, and if key steps in production of cocoa and chocolate may diminish the level of the compounds. In a recently published paper, scientists reported on the …

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Blood Pressure

NEW RESEARCH CONFIRMS LINK BETWEEN FLAVANOLS AND BLOOD PRESSURE

New research undertaken at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) seems to confirm that consuming high concentrations of flavanols – such as those found in cocoa – lowers blood pressure, improves the health of blood vessels and increases the number of angiogenic cells circulating in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). The findings, published …

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Consumption

COFFEE CONSUMPTION IN THE US REMAINS STABLE

Despite what it called “sustained economic challenges,” a consistent number of consumers in the US continue to drink coffee on any given day, according to new data from the National Coffee Association’s 2010 National Coffee Drinking Trends (NCDT) market research survey. In 2010, consumption of coffee in the past-day remained essentially unchanged compared with the …

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Brazil

BRAZIL SET TO BECOME WORLD’S LARGEST CONSUMER

Although it is likely to narrowly miss earlier domestic consumption targets set for this year, Brazil’s domestic consumption continues to increase quickly, thanks to ongoing efforts to increase the quality of the coffee available to Brazilian consumers. Having jumped by more than 4 per cent in 2009 compared to the previous year, coffee consumption in …

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Hershey

HERSHEY ANALYSES HEALTHFUL COCOA COMPOUND

Two scientific publications recently reported on improved methods for determining the amount of flavanol, an antioxidant, in cocoa and chocolate. The research, sponsored by The Hershey Center for Health and Nutrition, was collaboration between scientists at The Hershey Company and other scientific laboratories. Scientists at Planta Analytica in Danbury, Connecticut isolated and separated cocoa flavanol …

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