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Dark chocolate contains about six times the amount of high quality polyphenol antioxidants as most fruits and vegetables while milk chocolate contains nearly three times as much.
Indulgent foods containing functional elements, like fortified candy and salty snacks, have been labeled "dressed up junk foods" or dysfunctional foods by critics.
Functional foods, or foods that may provide a health benefit beyond basic nutrition, are everywhere, but is there evidence that the amounts in most products will really result in health benefits? That's the question the media are asking with increasing frequency. Some health professionals are especially concerned about foods containing herbs, as there are few methods for analyzing herbal materials.
The $14 billion functional food industry is of interest …