Dark Chocolate Healthier Than Juice ...Says Hershey
Call it a 'super-fruit,' researchers say
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 7, 2011 2:10 PM CST
In this April 19, 2007 file photo, a bite is taken out of one of Hershey's extra dark assortment of chocolates in North Andover, Mass.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

(Newser) – Chocolate lovers, rejoice: Your beloved treat may actually be healthier than fruit juice. A comparison of cocoa products to fruit juice powders suggests dark chocolate has more antioxidant power than juices, as well as more of certain chemicals that are good for your heart, the New York Daily News reports. But take note: The study was conducted by Hershey.

“Cacao seeds should be considered a 'superfruit' and products derived from cacao seed extracts, such as natural cocoa powder and dark chocolate, as 'superfoods,’” researchers said. In the study, cocoa products beat out blueberry and cranberry powder on the antioxidant scale; cocoa wasn’t, however, found to be significantly better than pomegranate juice. Click for details of the Hershey cocoa study.

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opheliaglass
Feb 8, 2011 12:55 AM CST
mmmm I wouldn't complain if they started turning out dark chocolate with blueberry, cranberry, or pomegranate.... But real dark chocolate, not that Hershey's stuff.
FreeThemAll
Feb 7, 2011 10:00 PM CST
What is pictured is not dark chocolate. It's milk chocolate.
UnrighteousFury
Feb 7, 2011 6:39 PM CST
Everything is a superfruit all of a sudden.