The World’s First Medicinal Chocolate

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The new sweet treat is choc-ful of health benefits

Exciting news from the World Chocolate Forum – scientists claim to have developed a chocolate bar so healthy it could be used as medicine.

It’s well known that cacao, the main ingredient in chocolate, has health benefits like lowering cholesterol, but the high fat and sugar content in most chocolate negates these benefits.

Most bars are around 70 percent fat and sugar. The “medicinal” prototype is only 35 percent fat and sugar, with additional sweetening from an herb found in Peru and Bolivia.

'Using micrograms of coca plant extract, we can de-bitter unsweetened cacao. This eliminates the need for sugar, sweeteners and much of the fat in chocolate, unleashing the medical benefits of cacao,” said Gregory Aharonian from Kuka Xoco, the company developing the chocolate.

“We look forward to working with the chocolate industry to make chocolate the most fun medicine.”

The researchers are hoping to one day develop a chocolate that is as little as 10 percent fat and sugar.

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