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Chocolate is as good for you as fruit | Metro.co.uk

- 6th February, 2011

Chocolate is 'as good for you as fruit'

It's the news those with a sweet tooth have been waiting for: nibbling on a chunk or two of dark chocolate is just as good for you as drinking a glass of fruit juice.

woman eating chocolate (Alamy) Dark chocolate contains cancer busting chemicals (Alamy)

Latest research – admittedly for a leading sweet manufacturer – claims chocolate contains more healthy plant compounds, gram-for-gram, than fruit juice.

It showed both dark chocolate and cocoa had more cancer-busting antioxidant activity and more flavanols than fruit.

Lead author Dr Debra Millar, at the Hershey Centre for Health and Nutrition, in Pennsylvania, wrote: ‘Natural cocoa powder and dark chocolate have significantly greater TF (total flavanol) values than the other fruit powders and juices tested, respectively.’

Comparisons were made between single servings of dark chocolate, cocoa, hot chocolate mix and fruit juices.

Antioxidants, which include flavanols, neutralise destructive molecules called free radicals and are believed to combat heart disease and cancer.

Registered nutritionist and TV consultant Dr Carina Norris supported some of the Hershey claims but warned the idea of chocolate being healthier than fruit was ‘too good to be true’.

She said: ‘There’s plenty of research showing cocoa is high in antioxidants and flavanols, which can help against heart disease and cancer.

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