Japanese and Chinese: Dark Chocolate is Better

Consumers in Japan and China are beginning to replace traditional milk chocolate with dark chocolate, attracted by the health benefits of cocoa polyphenols.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

From a statement issued by the Foreign Trade Promotion Office of Costa Rica (PROCOMER):

In the Asia Choco Cocoa Congress, held from 21 to 23 April in Singapore, experts discussed a change that is occurring in the Japanese consumers, who are turning away from the popular milk chocolate in favor of dark chocolate, due to the growing interest that has arisen in cocoa polyphenols and their effect on health.

Polyphenols (chemical substances found in plants) have a high antioxidant capacity and play an important role in disease prevention. Some studies indicate that they could be an important means to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and some cancers, because of their ability to control oxidative stress.

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Promotion is being given to exports to China of organic cocoa-based foods, chocolate confectionery, unsweetened cocoa powder and cocoa paste.

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China and Russia are beginning to position themselves globally as the two emerging markets with the greatest potential for growth in the consumption of chocolate.

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