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Ask Tufts Experts May 2014 Issue

Q. I’d like to know what kinds of cocoa to get to drink in hot chocolate form and also how much per day?

A. Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD, director of Tufts’ HNRCA Antioxidants Research Laboratory, replies: “For cocoa’s best-established health benefit—maintaining endothelium-dependent vasodilation, i.e., blood vessel function to support normal blood flow and heart health—the Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) concluded: ‘In order to obtain the claimed effect, 200 milligrams of cocoa flavanols should be consumed daily. This amount could be provided by 2.5 grams of high-flavanol cocoa powder or 10 grams of high-flavanol dark chocolate, both of which can be consumed in the context of a balanced diet.’ This is now an approved health claim in Europe.”

Comments (1)

A more practical answer would be 1.75 tablespoons of non-alkaline cocoa powder (unsweetened). I recommend organic but non-organic likely would have the same amount of cocoa flavanols.

You might be able to use a lesser amount of "high-flavanol" cocoa powder, but either I haven't seen it sold where I shop, or it is not being labeled as such.

Posted by: Denis Hart | April 24, 2014 1:20 PM    Report this comment

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