Sunday, February 05, 2012
Have you seen the ads on SparkPeople for CocoaVia? I just started seeing them last week and ordered one small box - just to see. I got email today that it has been shipped, so I should have it this upcoming week.
In the meantime, it occurred to me do do a SparkPeople websearch on the "Disadvantage of CocoaVia" ... Surely it's all good? Right?
I was surprised to read this comment, buried waaaaaay down about 2/3 of this webpage (seems to be a randomized listing of various cocoa and chocolate research that this guy could find...):
l (remember that when you copy this link, be sure to delete any spaces caused by the way SparkPeople wraps all web URL's inside of a blog to make it hard to open the link - or maybe it is a Safari browser quirk. I'm typing this now on my phone.).
June, 2006 - The US Food and Drug Administration has warned Mars / Masterfoods that its CocoaVia chocolate bar is in breach of FDA regulations on several grounds and given the company 15 days to respond. In its warning letter, FDA questioned the level of folic acid in several CocoaVia products as well as the heart health claims they were employing due to their plant sterol content. FDA also stated the products' health claims meant they should be classified as drugs. In regard to folic acid, FDA stated foods to which folic acid can be added are designed to keep total folic acid intake under 1mg. "The consumption of higher levels of folic acid can mask anaemia in persons with vitamin B12 deficiency. Under those circumstances, the consequences of the anaemia (i.e., severe and irreversible neurological damage) would go undetected," it said. The FDA warning went on to say the CocoaVia products contained too much saturated fat to carry a heart health claim. "The labels of these products bear the claims 'Promotes a healthy heart' and 'Now you can have real chocolate pleasure with real heart health benefits,'" FDA said. "These claims are false or misleading because of the high levels of saturated fat in the products." The letter added: "The regulation authorizing a health claim for plant stero/stanol esters and reduced risk of heart disease includes the requirement that the food bearing the claim be low in saturated fat (1g or less of saturated fat per reference amount and not more than 15 per cent of calories from saturated fatty acids)." Moreover, FDA said the claims promote the bars as being able to "prevent, mitigate, and treat hypercholesterolemia" and should therefore be classified as drugs."
2006? I've never heard of the product from 2006 until now.
Glad I didn't sign up for the monthly renew shipment feature.
We'll see how that works out...