Chocolate: The New Health Food?

 - Feb 21, 2006
Forget about Atkins. It's time for the Mars diet.

Mars Inc., the company behind Milky Way, Snickers and M&Ms, plans to launch a new line of products made with dark chocolate, which the company claims has health benefits.

As reported by CNN:

"Called CocoaVia, the products are made with a kind of dark chocolate high in flavanols, an antioxidant found in cocoa beans that is thought to have a blood-thinning effect similar to aspirin and may even lower blood pressure. The snacks also are enriched with vitamins and injected with cholesterol-lowering plant sterols from soy.

"But researchers are skeptical about using chocolate for its medicinal purposes and experts warn it's no substitute for a healthy diet...

"Mars created a new division, Mars Nutrition for Health & Well-Being, to distribute CocoaVia. The company has sold the CocoaVia products online for a couple years. They are already available at retail stores in 34 states, selling for nearly $1 a bar."

If only someone could make cheeseburgers healthy, too.