New research presented today at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions reveals that plant sterols from soy added to a cocoa-based snack bar can significantly reduce cholesterol levels. This study demonstrates how certain plant nutrients can promote heart health when included in snack foods. Based on this research and decades of research on cocoa, Mars Incorporated has developed a new cocoa-based, sterol-containing snack bar, CocoaVia(tm).
This clinical research demonstrates for the first time, consumers can eat 2 CocoaVia bars a day and see significant reduction in their cholesterol levels. This is also the first time that the combination of cocoa flavanols and plant sterols are offered in a snack bar.
Researchers at University of California, Davis have already demonstrated that certain cocoa and chocolates contain naturally occurring heart healthy plant nutrients called flavanols. The study presented today examined the effect of a cocoa-based sterol containing snack food among people with high cholesterol levels. Including plant sterols from soy in the diet has been recommended by the American Heart Association and the National Cholesterol Education Program as one lifestyle change that can lower cholesterol levels significantly. In 2002, the Food and Drug Administration approved a health claim for sterols’ ability to lower heart disease risk by lowering cholesterol.
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