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Cocoa Research Finds a Place in the Global Health Dialogue
Date:10/6/2009

BANGKOK, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- As thousands of experts around the world converge to discuss the state of global health and nutrition at the International Congress of Nutrition (ICN), top experts from the University of California, Davis and Mars, Incorporated are acknowledging the important impact of cocoa on human health. During a session entitled "Cocoa Science - Flavanols and Sustainability," scientists will present evidence from recent research on cocoa flavanols and highlight the global advancements and future goals for cocoa sustainability.

Often linked to chocolate and indulgence, researchers around the world are taking a serious look at this much-loved "super" fruit. Some of the oldest civilizations were likely the first cocoa lovers, but only recently have we truly begun to understand the power of this unique plant. Most are surprised to learn that cocoa is actually a fruit. In fact, it's a super fruit, packed with unique active plant compounds called flavanols, linked to healthy circulation.*

"Our understanding of cocoa and potential health benefits has grown exponentially over the last few years." said presenter Carl Keen, PhD, chair of the Department of Nutrition and professor of Nutrition and Internal Medicine at the University of California, Davis. "The research clearly points to a specific benefit from cocoa flavanols - and the global potential is definitely noteworthy." Numerous scientific research papers on cocoa flavanols demonstrate a positive impact on circulatory health and related conditions.

In fact, Mars, Incorporated has published or supported more than 100 scientific publications and holds more than 80 patents resulting from work with institutions including Harvard University and the University of California, Davis. Since 1982, Mars, Incorporated has operated the Mars Center for Cocoa Science in Bahia, Brazil as a research partner with federal, local, and non-governmental organization (NGO) communi
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