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Firm introduces chocolate spread with cocoa, hazelnut

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*Choco nutto promises reduced cancer risk, stronger bones, lower cholesterol
A chocolate spread with cocoa and hazelnut, Choco nutto, has been introduced into the Nigerian market.

The National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)-approved Choco nutto is low in cholesterol and fats, replete with magnesium, calcium, vitamins B and E, and promises to strengthen the bones, heart and reduce the risk of cancer.

The chocolate spread is marketed by Splenders Duisht Limited, Isolo, Lagos, and manufactured by Food Development LLC, Ukraine.

Country Representative and Managing Director of Splenders Duisht Limited, Mr. Nnamdi Loveday Ahiwe, told journalists: “Health benefits of cocoa include relief from high blood pressure, cholesterol, obesity, constipation, diabetes, bronchial asthma, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome and various neurodegenerative diseases. It is beneficial for quick wound healing, skin care, and it helps to improve cardiovascular health and brain health. It also helps in treating copper deficiency. It possesses mood-enhancing properties and exerts protective effects against neurotoxicity.”

Ahiwe said hazelnuts are very high in energy and loaded with many health-benefiting nutrients that are essential for optimum health and those 100 g nuts carry 628 calories.

He added: “They are rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids like oleic as well as essential fatty acid, linoleic acid that helps lower Low Density Lipo-protein (LDL) or bad cholesterol and raises High Density Lipo-protein (HDL) or good cholesterol.

“Research studies suggest that Mediterranean diet plentiful in monounsaturated fatty acids contribute to preventing coronary artery disease, and strokes by favoring healthy blood lipid profile.

“The nuts are rich in dietary fibre, vitamins, and minerals and packed with numerous health promoting phytochemicals. Altogether, they help protect from diseases and cancers.

“Hazels are exceptionally rich in folate, which is a unique feature for the nuts. 100 g fresh nuts carry 113 µg; that is, about 28 per cent recommended the daily intake of this vitamin. Folate is an essential B-complex vitamin that helps prevent megaloblastic anemia, and most importantly, neural tube defects in the newborn. Good news for the expectant mothers!

“Hazel nuts are an excellent source of vitamin-E; contain about 15 g per 100 g (providing 100 per cent of Recommended Daily Allowance, RDA). Vitamin-E is a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant required for maintaining the integrity of mucosa and skin by protecting it from harmful ‘free oxygen radicals’.”

Ahiwe said the nuts, like in almonds, are free from gluten, and therefore, safe alternative food sources that can be employed in the preparation of gluten-free food formulas for gluten-sensitive, wheat allergic, and celiac disease patients.

“Besides being rich in folates, they packed with many other important B-complex groups of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, and pyridoxine (vitamin B-6).

“They are rich source of minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium. Copper and manganese are essential co-factors for antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron helps prevent microcytic-anemia. Magnesium and phosphorus are vital components of bone metabolism…”


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