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Mars Earns 2013 Food Technology Industrial Achievement Award

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Mars Inc. received the 2013 Food Technology Industrial Achievement Award over the weekend from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), recognizing Mars’ leadership and commitment to research on cocoa flavanols, which are plant nutrients shown to have a range of proven benefits for human health. The annual award honors a company or organization for an outstanding development that represents a significant advance in the application of food science and technology to food production and was presented at the IFT 13 Annual Meeting and Food Expo.

Mars has worked to bring innovation to the field of nutrition science for more than 20 years, taking a comprehensive and systematic approach to researching cocoa flavanols’ role in supporting human health, while inspiring others to conduct research that expands the overall scientific understanding of cocoa flavanols. Mars applies gold standard scientific methods to its cocoa flavanol research to achieve a high level of scientific rigor, including a comprehensive scientific program that includes analytical and human clinical trials, collaboration with leading global scientists and publication in the most prestigious health and science journals. To date, Mars and its collaborators have published more than 140 scientific papers on cocoa flavanols in peer-reviewed journals, and Mars holds nearly 100 patents worldwide.MarsPurple-powder-beans-powder-original

Mars studies show cocoa flavanols have a range of proven health benefits in humans, including improved circulation and cardiovascular health. Specifically, research has demonstrated:

• Improvements in endothelial function, observed in younger and older adults without cardiovascular disease, adults with compromised cardiovascular health, including people living with diabetes, smokers, the elderly and adults with coronary artery disease; and

• Significant improvements in blood pressure and blood pressure measurements.

Cocoa flavanols help support healthy blood vessel function and the overall health of the cardiovascular system by supporting the body’s production of nitric oxide, a molecule important to the health of the cardiovascular system.

Preliminary Mars cocoa flavanol research also demonstrates additional health benefits related to cardiovascular health, specifically in cerebrovascular functions like cognition. Potential benefits include:

• Improvements in blood flow and perfusion of the brain;

• Significant increase of cerebral blood flow in older, healthy adults; and

• Potential improvement of working memory and executive function among healthy adults with early memory decline.

“At Mars, we’ve demonstrated the potential of cocoa flavanols and we are dedicated to continuing research that will help illuminate their benefits, and today we are proudly applying this research to products that can support cardiovascular health,” said Catherine Kwik-Uribe, Ph.D., director of research and development for Mars Symbioscience. “We are honored IFT has recognized our passion and dedication to scientific research to improve human health, and we look forward to advancing cocoa flavanol research in the future.”

Kwik-Uribe and Dr. Rebecca Robbins, senior research scientist in the science and technology group of Mars Inc., Hackettstown, N.J., who contributed significant advances in the quantitative analyses of cocoa flavanols, jointly accepted the award on behalf of Mars on Saturday at the IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo in Chicago. IFT has awarded the Food Technology Industrial Achievement Award annually since 1959.

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Catherine Kwik-Uribe, director of research and development for Mars Symbioscience, in the lab with a fellow scientist.

 

 

 

 

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