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Fruit Juice Cuts fat in Chocolate

Wednesday, 15 August 2012 11:03 AM

The health benefits of dark chocolate keep piling up with every new scientific study. But health experts have raised concerns that the high fat content in chocolate products may neutralize its health-boosting properties.
Now British scientists have found a way to replace up to half of chocolate's fat content with fruit juice – a development sure to be greeted as sweet news by chocoholics.
In a new report published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry, University of Warwick chemists said they have figured out how to remove much of the cocoa butter and milk fats that go into chocolate bars, substituting them with tiny droplets of juice. They infused orange and cranberry juice into milk, dark and white chocolate using what is known as a Pickering emulsion.
The process preserves the rich chocolaty “mouth-feel” provided by the fatty ingredients, but significantly cuts the fat level of chocolate products.
"Everyone loves chocolate – but unfortunately we all know that many chocolate bars are high in fat,” noted lead researcher Dr. Stefan Bon, with the Department of Chemistry at the University of Warwick.
"However it's the fat that gives chocolate all the indulgent sensations that people crave – the silky smooth texture and the way it melts in the mouth but still has a 'snap' to it when you break it with your hand. We've found a way to maintain all of those things that make chocolate 'chocolaty' but with fruit juice instead of fat.”
Bon called his research “the starting point to healthier chocolate,” but now it’s up to food manufacturers to commercialize the technique by developing “tasty ways” to use it in chocolate.
“We've established the chemistry behind this new technique but now we're hoping the food industry will take our method to make tasty, lower-fat chocolate bars," he said.

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