Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 12:30 p.m.
Chocolate, it turns out, is good for more than just nursing a breakup, getting men off the hook on Valentine's Day and making belts obsolete.
It can be good for you! According to the Wall Street Journal
, the European Safe Food Authority (ESFA) backs a claim by cocoa giant Barry Callebaut AG that dark chocolate can be good for blood circulation. [Tears open a bag of dark chocolate M&Ms and pours in mouth like a maniac.
Thank cocoa's flavonols, or antioxidants. In order for flavonols to be effective, the ESFA states, one must consume 200 mg of cocoa flavonols through either 2.5 grams of high-flavonol cocoa powder or 10 grams of high-flavonol dark chocolate daily. Well, if you insist.
Dark chocolate has long been touted as a superfood, but this makes it nearly official. The European Commission still has to approve the ESFA ruling, but if they do, Barry Callebaut may print the health claims on its packaging.