Welcome to the Mars Edge Cocoa Flavanol Science Hub
At Mars Edge, we collaborate with a global network of leading scientific partners to further research into cocoa flavanols and health – and contribute to better lives through nutrition. We do so because we believe that:
Health is more than the absence of disease
We believe it’s important to establish biomarkers of health when assessing the impact of nutrition, rather than rely solely on a definition of health based on the "absence of disease."
Nutrition has a massive impact on health
We believe insights into the role of dietary status and nutrient intake are key to our health.
Bioactives show huge promise
In the context of a healthy diet, we believe there is a need to broaden today’s essential nutrient-centric approach and include bioactive food constituents in scientific assessment and, if warranted, in recommendations for diet and health.
Cocoa flavanols offer benefits for heart and brain health
Research shows dietary flavanols–including those derived from cocoa–offer important benefits to human health. For over 20 years, we have been studying cocoa flavanols to understand their role in supporting health and, potentially even improving outcomes related to certain diseases.
Interested in learning more about our cocoa flavanol research program? Check out the latest news and research.
Apples or pears? Unpacking which foods are rich in flavanols
By now, most of us have heard that increasing the amount of flavanols in one’s diet is good for one’s health. Recent research has shown that a diet rich in flavanols supports memory and cognition, and there’s a considerable body of evidence from clinical dietary intervention trials showing their benefits to heart health.
But the question is how much of which particular foods should one eat in order to increase your daily intake? To answer that question, we must first understand what flavanols are.
A deep-dive into smoothies: flavanol powerhouses?
Smoothies have become a popular way to increase the amount of flavanols in one’s diet. Dr Javier Ottaviani discusses the recent research from the Mars Edge Core Laboratory showing that combinations of ingredients in homemade smoothies can affect the flavanols available.
Taking cocoa flavanol analytics to the wider world
Mars Edge and its collaborators have reached a milestone in cocoa flavanol analytics, setting the food standard for cocoa flavanol content. Dr. Ugo Bussy discusses progress in measuring and quantifying cocoa flavanols in foods and how it is paving the way to testing flavanols in a wider variety of foods.
How researchers concluded that a low-flavanol diet is linked to age-related memory
Scientific interest in the role of flavanols and diet in normal cognitive aging has been growing – this has been the context for the ongoing collaboration between scientists at Columbia University’s Irving Medical Center and Mars Edge.
Our most recent paper, published in collaboration with researchers at Columbia University and the University of Reading, is an independent trial conducted under the umbrella of COSMOS, led by Brigham and Women’s Hospital.