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Chocolate a super fruit'? Mmm
Home-made: Good for the soul too.
By KERI MOLLOY
Science is a funny old thing.
The week after Easter was perfect
timing to adopt new research
findings about chocolate the super
fruit, released earlier this year.
Chocolate is a rich source of
antioxidants, and contains more of
the --- highly beneficial --- polyphen-
ols and flavanols than does fruit
juice, according to research
published earlier this year in Chem-
istry Central Journal.
The article --- Cacao seeds are a
Super Fruit: A comparative analysis
of various fruit powders and
products --- was written by Stephen
J Crozier, Amy G Preston, W Jeffrey
Hurst, Mark J Payne, Julie Mann,
Larry Hainly, Debra L Miller, all of
whom can be contacted at Hersheys.
The Hershey Company is a large
American chocolate manufacturer.
As the Science Media Centre
points out, the guys at Hershey s
are probably likely to know more
about the nutritional value of choc-
olate than most. But why isn t there
a leading academic from a univer-
sity with no links to the confection-
ery industry as a co-author?
Seriously, was Hershey s ever going
to release findings that were not
sweet for their shareholders?
There s definitely an art to read-
ing reports of research papers --- as
we ve discovered with fluoridation
of water, genetic engineering and
Getting back to chocolate, we
asked Heart Foundation national
nutrition advisor Delvina Gorton
what she felt about it.
Chocolate is often portrayed as
being good for the heart, but there
are reasons to be sceptical. The
chocolate you buy off the shelf may
contain very little of the
antioxidants that are said to be ben-
eficial --- there s no way for the con-
sumer to know. Chocolate is also
high in saturated fat, most of which
raises unhealthy LDL cholesterol,
thereby increasing risk of heart dis-
ease. It contains a lot of calories or
kilojoules, which a lot of us need to
cut down on to help lose weight.
Until we have better quality, long-
term studies on the effects of choc-
olate on heart disease outcomes, the
Heart Foundation continues to rec-
ommend that chocolate is kept as a
treat food, enjoyed in small
amounts. Fruit and vegetables are
still the best way to get your
antioxidants, she said.
When science focuses on a topic,
isolates it, then describes and
investigates it, the process is called
reductionism. The down side is that
scientists tend to lose sight of the
context or bigger picture.
American social psychologist
Leon Festinger said: A man with a
conviction is a hard man to change.
Tell him you disagree and he turns
away. Show him facts or figures and
he questions your sources. Appeal to
logic and he fails to see your point.
Doing the rounds in the internet
chuckle category is the final word
on nutrition and health.
The Japanese eat very little fat
and suffer fewer heart attacks than
us. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and
suffer fewer heart attacks than us.
The Chinese drink very little red
wine and suffer fewer heart attacks
than us. The Italians drink a lot of
red wine and suffer fewer heart
attacks than us. The Germans
drink a lot of beer, eat lots of
sausages and fats and suffer fewer
heart attacks than us. Conclusion:
eat and drink what you like. Speak-
ing English is apparently what kills
Chocolate as a super fruit?
The Australian Rebels
Motorcycle Club visited
Kaikohe and Kerikeri at
the weekend, travelling
north from Whangarei
where police inspector
Paul Dimery said the
club had been told they
were not wanted in New
They are attempting
to portray themselves as
a charitable organis-
ation. They are trying to
give the impression that
they are really nice
people, that they are
here for the youth. They
are here to get the youth
-- but to lead them into a
life of crime. They are an
organised crime entity.
The gang s trip north
was incident free except
for the arrest of a
53-year-old driver of a
support vehicle who was
charged with dangerous
driving on Te Ahuahu
Rd, at about 2.45pm on
Two calves were stolen
from a farm on SH10 at
Waipapa on Monday
The calves are both
female -- a 10-day old
Charolais and a five-day
Police believe a vehicle
was used in the theft.
Anyone with infor-
mation can contact Con-
stable Pashley at the
Kerikeri station: (09)
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