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Chocolate maker to make medicine from cocoa

RawchocolateI'm not sure if this is good news, bad news or just news. Either way, with all this talk about the medicinal properties of raw chocolate this is definitely interesting.

One quick note - this article is talking about cocoa which is different than cacao. Cocoa is the cooked/processed form of the chocolate plant bean. Cacao is the raw/natural form of the chocolate plant bean. Cacao is understood to be far more medicinal than cocoa, but some people say that both suck. What do you think?

Thanks to tipster Milan for the link.

Chocolate maker to make medicine from cocoa - Via MSNBC News

Mars, the company that made its fortune satisfying chocolate cravings, unveiled plans on Monday to develop medications that use a component of cocoa to help treat diabetes, strokes and vascular disease.

The privately held U.S. company that produces M&Ms and Mars bars said it hoped to make medications based on flavanols — plant chemicals with health benefits found in cocoa, as well as red wine and green tea.

Mars said it is in talks with large pharmaceutical companies for a licensing or joint venture agreement to reproduce the compounds in cocoa shown to improve blood flow.

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Some better quality chocolates only come in huge blocks, which are great for pros but may be too big a quantity for home cooks. Fortunately, specialty stores often sell smaller chunks of the blocks wrapped in plastic.

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