Published On: Wed, Mar 18th, 2015

High Quality Cocoa and Chocolate Products Contribute to Normal Blood Flow

The first official validation of positive effects of cocoa flavanols announced Tuesday should have chocolate lovers around the world smiling over a bit of chocolate indulgence.

One of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products, Barry Callebaut, today announced that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a positive opinion on the company’s health claim that “cocoa flavanols help maintain endothelium-dependent vasodilation which contributes to normal blood flow.”

The company was able to provide evidence that the intake of 200 mg of cocoa flavanols (provided by 2.5g of high-flavanol cocoa powder or 10g of high-flavanol dark chocolate) positively influence blood circulation in the human body. Barry Callebaut is the first company in the EU to obtain a positive Scientific Opinion on a health claim on cocoa flavanols.

Juergen Steinemann, CEO of Barry Callebaut, said: “It is very valuable for us to now have an official positive Scientific Opinion from the European Food Safety Authority that cocoa flavanols have a positive effect on human blood flow. As the first company receiving such a health claim, we see new market potential both for us and for our customers. The health claim is also a reward for our long years of extensive research in the benefits of cocoa flavanols on the human body.”

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