The European Food Safety Authority has ruled that dark chocolate and cocoa powder can help improve blood circulation, supporting a claim by the world's largest producer of chocolate products. The decision marks the EFSA's first positive opinion that the consumption of cocoa flavanols has health benefits. If the European Commission signs off on the ruling, chocolate producer Barry Callebaut will be able to claim health benefits on the packaging of its products, which include Kraft and Hershey chocolate bars. The company says it uses a special procedure that maintains the cocoa's flavanols, normally destroyed in the chocolate-making process because of their bitterness.
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