Chocolate Bar Shown To Lower Cholesterol
According to research funded by Mars.
But quite frankly, I’m not going for it until they feed it to bunnies.
It is interesting to learn, by the by, that there is a Mars Scientific Advisory Council.
Two types of CocoaVia bars were then introduced, one with plant sterols and one without. While remaining on the AHA diet, participants ate one CocoaVia formulation twice daily for four weeks, then switched to the other bar for an additional four weeks. Blood cholesterol levels, blood pressure, body weight, and other cardiovascular measures were tracked throughout the eight-week study.
“After the participants started the AHA diet, a lot of them began to lose weight, so we had to keep fussing at them to eat more. We didn’t want a weight change because that also lowers cholesterol,” said Ellen Evans, a U. of I. professor of kinesiology and community health and co-author of the study.
“After starting the CocoaVia bars, we saw a marked differential effect on blood cholesterol, with the sterol-containing products doing better than those without sterols,” she said.
Wow. That’s amazing. Is this really peer reviewed?
They seem to have proven absolutely nothing other than the fact that Mars has a lot of money to throw at promoting sugar consumption.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my chocolate indulgence and I’m very happy to treat myself with the 85% stuff from time to time. But I mean… please. Are they serious with this kind of research?
SEMISWEET CHOCOLATE (CHOCOLATE, SUGAR, SOY LECITHIN, NATURAL FLAVOR), SOY STEROL ESTERS, VITAMINS AND MINERALS (CALCIUM CARBONATE, ASCORBIC ACID, VITAMIN E ACETATE, CYANOCOBALAMIN, FOLIC ACID, PYRIDOXINE HCL).
and the % cocoa solids would be….???