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Why Cocoa Flavanols: What They Are

Science is making a stronger case than ever for eating lots of fruits and vegetables. One reason: advances in the understanding of phytonutrients, compounds that help plants stay healthy and which may be important to human health as well.

Flavanols are phytonutrients found in apples, cherries, grapes, teas and chocolate…but cocoa has a unique mixture of flavanols, the exact combination of which can be found in no other food in nature!

Discovered centuries ago, cacao was first used to make a flavanol-infused beverage thought to have amazing restorative powers, thus earning cacao its reputation as "The food of the gods" by cultures as old as the Aztec.