August 2016

Cocoa Compound Reduces Appetite

A new clinical trial shows that taking a non-alkalized cocoa mixture supplemented with epicatechin, a flavanol found in cocoa, at doses of 1.6 mg/kg bodyweight reduces food intake by 18.7% in healthy men. Cocoa mixtures with lower doses of epicatechin did not significantly reduce food consumption. Cocoa mixtures containing procyanidins, another cocoa flavanol, also did not reduce appetite.


  1. Greenberg JA, O'Donnell R, Shurpin M, et al. Epicatechin, procyanidins, cocoa, and appetite: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Clin Nutr. 2016. pii: ajcn129783.

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