Chocolate Is Healthy?

According to Fox News Health Tips “STAY HEALTHY” we are told that if we are craving chocolate “The dark variety is the healthiest. Dark chocolate is high in flavanoids, which reduces the risk for blood clots and studies show it reduces cholesterol as much as 10 percent.

What we are NOT told is that some “high end” chocolate also is high in melamine, which is NOT good for you, as it destroys the kidneys. Of course, melamine, is not a natural ingredient of chocolate, but is added to chocolate candy for some reason by the British manufacturers of chocolate whose chocolate factories are in China, not in England, as most of us assume.

British candy maker Cadbury said Monday it is recalling 11 types of Chinese-made chocolates found to contain melamine, as police in northern China raided a network accused of adding the banned chemical to milk.

A Cadbury spokesman said it was too early to say how much of the chemical was in the chocolates made at its Beijing plant.

It’s too early to say where the source was or the extent of it,” said the spokesman, who declined to be identified because of company policy.

American manufacturers such as Kraft foods and Hershey’s and Mars, the makers of Snicker’s bars and M&Ms want you to know (believe?) that no melamine tainted milk from China was used to make the food products they distribute in the United States. Are we lucky or what?

Kraft Foods, the maker of Oreo cookies, and Mars, the maker of M&Ms and Snickers candy, said they believe Indonesian authorities were mistaken when they announced they had found melamine in samples of their products made in China.

We don’t use any milk ingredients from China in any Oreo products, no matter where they are made or sold,” said Claire Regan, a Kraft spokeswoman.

Mars said, in a statement on its Web site, it is confident there’s no melamine in any of its chocolate or candy made in China and called the Indonesian results “completely inconsistent” with test findings from other government and independent labs in Asia and Europe.

So far, only a local agency has checked the products for melamine, but the levels found were considered very high.

Melamine in food products is considered safe by Hong Kong health authorities at 2.5 parts per million or less.

(Associated Press)

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