The chocolate science hype machine

The dark side of mars-sponsored chocolate studies.
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Chocolate is good for health, study finds. Small study, points to chocolate as a weight-loss aid. Senior moments? Chocolate may be the answer to your problems. These are are just a few of the headlines that permeate through the web. However, these claims made in headlines about chocolate and it’s glorious benefits need to be taken with a grain of salt. Looking deeper into the studies, and the flaws of the study being short-term, with a small number of participants, and measurements of health that don’t translate well into endpoints that really matter for health.

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These are peanut m&ms this is you eating . a lot of peanut m&ms after seeing . stories about chocolates unbelievable. health benefits almost every week you . can open the newspaper or turn on your . favorite news website now box with other . news websites and notice that there's. stories about all the purported health. benefits of chocolate chocolate can help . you live longer it'll make your nail . shinier to help you lose weight there . are so many stories about chocolate and . its health benefits and we just love to . gobble them up but chocolate hasn't . always been a media darling in the past . it was about to cause acne no this is . just regular adult acne i don't drink . enough water and this article from 1997 . even called it addictive i've vox we . started to ask ourselves how did. chocolate become a health food it turns . out there's a reason behind the . chocolate madness in 1982 mars which is . one of the world's biggest chocolate . makers established something called the . mars center for cocoa health sciences . but they must to learn more about the . cocoa bean and understanding chocolates. and coco's effects on the body and . whether it might have any health . benefits box examined the mars sponsored . research and found that of a hundred . studies we we identified over the last . forty years ninety eight of them had . positive or favorable conclusions that's . a pretty big number and it made us . wonder what's so magical about chocolate . that it's getting these glowing reviews . so even all flavonols flavanols. flavonols klebanov they're micro . nutrients that are found in the cocoa . bean and they're thought to have . antioxidant properties mars initial . focus was on the overall benefits of . chocolate but it shifted to this . specific compound some of these studies . concluded that flavanols could boost . your mood and cognitive performance and . that both cocoa powder and dark. chocolate can have a favorable effect on . cardiovascular disease risk which sounds . awesome but it doesn't mean all kinds of . chocolate have the same health benefits. or any health benefits at all dark . chocolate milk chocolate and cocoa beans . aren't the same thing to understand why . you have to check out a cocoa tree near . the equator just kidding this is a . borders folks cocoa or cacao beans come . from these trees the beans are roasted . and ground into what we know as cocoa . powder or cocoa butter dark chocolate is . made mostly from cocoa butter and . typically has a higher percentage of . cocoa milk chocolate is created from . cocoa and well milk the difference is . that it goes through more processing . with added ingredients it has more fats . and sugar and less cocoa that's what . makes milk chocolate so sweet but it's . also the reason milk chocolate isn't . your best bet for these flavanols one of . the big problems with flavanols is that . in the chocolate manufacturing process. you end up killing them off in addition . different types of cocoa beans have . varying amounts of flavanols to begin . with so different kinds of chocolate. contain bearing amounts of the compound . manufacturers have been basing their . studies on so the reason companies are . funding so much science they're putting. money into their own science and. research institutions their funding. chairs at universities and the reason. they're doing that is to sell more . chocolate chocolate is big business. chocolate sales have gone up from . fourteen point two billion dollars in . 2007 to eighteen point nine billion . dollars in 2017 and mars isn't the only . company profiting from this some of the . world's biggest chocolate makers are . also funding cocoa science hyping it up . to be the next big thing to help you . lose weight or remember where you left . your keys when the media and press . offices interpret some of these studies . we like to write chocolate in our. stories even though the study is we're . only looking at cocoa beans or cocoa. supplements despite a growing obesity . epidemic this nisha nutrition science is . fearing health-conscious consumers . toward premium and gourmet dark . chocolate these products are now seen as . healthy indulgences in short-term . studies researchers have found the . flavanols can lower blood pressure or . the proof cognition by certain measures . but none of these things have actually . been studied in long-term research on . endpoints that really matter for health . well then do you be studying even matter . so i want to be clear these studies . aren't necessarily bad studies many of . them have passed peer review and . published in prestigious journals when . you design an interpretive study there. are all kinds of ways that bias can be . introduced the study published in nature . neuroscience is a good example of that . and 2014 this more sponsored study . looked at whether cocoa flavanols can . prevent cognitive decline the problems . with this study it ran for only 12 weeks . involved a small number of participants . and focused on narrow outcomes that made . the results unreliable okay maybe . there's more - on the benefits of . chocolate then there should be but like . what's the worst that can happen if you. eat a bunch of chocolate a little bit of . anything isn't really bad for health but . chocolates also filled with a lot of . sugar and calories in fat and consuming . a lot of those things would counteract . any health benefits you might get from . the flavanols or the antioxidants and . even the best cocoa right so you. probably want to eat chocolate in . moderation and not be this guy in a . bunch of it in one sitting . dude you're still filming me to say . lower your blood pressure because . there's no excuse or science to back. that behavior. 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