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New research on ACTICOA™ in the spotlight at HIE 2008: Barry Callebaut’s ACTICOA™ chocolate helps to maintain healthy blood pressure

November 04, 2008


  • Barry Callebaut’s ACTICOA™ cocoa and chocolate, rich in cocoa flavanols, is good for your wellbeing without compromising on taste
  • Enjoying a daily serving of 17g of ACTICOA™ dark chocolate for 2 weeks helps to maintain a healthy blood pressure
  • Several products containing ACTICOA™ cocoa powder or chocolate are already available
Wieze/Belgium - 4 November 2008 – Barry Callebaut, the world’s leading producer of high quality cocoa and chocolate products, will present the results of new research into ACTICOA™ chocolate at Health Ingredients Europe 2008. The study, conducted by the Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, demonstrates that ACTICOA™ dark chocolate contributes to maintaining a healthy blood pressure. This confirms earlier studies done.
Daily consumption of 17g ACTICOA™ dark chocolate (which contains 500mg of cocoa flavanols) for 2 weeks helps maintain healthy blood pressure.
Two test groups1 consumed a small portion of dark ACTICOA™ chocolate every day for two weeks. For the first group, the portion of ACTICOA™ chocolate contained 500 mg cocoa flavanols, for the second, 1000 mg cocoa flavanols. After two weeks, both groups, independent of the dose, displayed significantly reduced blood pressure.
A reduction of 7 points was observed in systolic and 5 points in diastolic blood pressure: expressed as a reduction of 7/5mm of mercury. This reduction has a proven, beneficial effect on our health as a reduction in blood pressure of 7/5 mmHg reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases. This is underwritten by cardiologists the world over2.
ACTICOA™ cocoa and chocolate are rich in antioxidants and have a scientifically proven beneficial effect on human health. ACTICOA™ keeps our natural resistance to oxidative stress intact, maintains a healthy heart and is good for a healthy blood pressure and blood circulation. ACTICOA™ products protect brain function and give us a general, healthy glow.
For further information on the use of ACTICOA™, the labelling and possible claims, please contact Barry Callebaut.
Hans Vriens, Chief Innovation Officer at Barry Callebaut: “ACTICOAchocolate is the only chocolate in the world that contains so many cocoa flavanols. The unique production process of ACTICOA™ preserves the very best from the cocoa bean. Dark ACTICOA™ chocolate, for instance, contains three times as many antioxidants (cocoa flavanols) as standard dark chocolate. A small portion of 17g ACTICOAchocolate contains all the flavanols you need to maintain a healthy blood pressure. ACTICOA™ lets you look after your health in the most delicious way possible.”

1 17 persons per group - with a normal blood pressure (12/8)
2 8% reduction in stroke, 5% reduction in coronary artery disease mortality, 4% reduction in all cause mortality
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With annual sales of more than CHF 4 billion (EUR 2.6 billion) for fiscal year 2006/07, Zurich-based Barry Callebaut is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate – from the cocoa bean to the finished product on the store shelf. Barry Callebaut is present in 26 countries, operates about 40 production facilities and employs more than 7,000 people. The company serves the entire food industry, from food manufacturers to professional users of chocolate (such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs or bakers), to global retailers. It also provides a comprehensive range of services in the fields of product development, processing, training and marketing.
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