The BHF: Cocoa & Margarine

On 20th January 2017, the British Heart Foundation tweeted an attack on cocoa.

I didn’t see it until someone brought it to my attention yesterday. I tweeted back the nutritional information for cocoa powder, because it is one of the richest sources of minerals on the planet.

Then I reflected on the irony – or is it ignorance or conflict to be more accurate – of an organisation that promotes Flora margarine while attacking cocoa. So, for the convenience of others, here is cocoa powder vs a standard margarine product. Flora specific nutritional information is here, but that’s just confirming that vitamins A and D have been added (see ingredients) because ‘gunge’ doesn’t come with its own nutrition.

The comparison per 100g is bad enough – a comparison per 100 calories would be even worse.

Why is The British Heart Foundation attacking a natural source of macro and micro nutrients – minerals especially – in favour of industrialised “Water, vegetable oils in varying proportions (45%) (sunflower, linseed, palm and rapeseed), BUTTERMILK, salt (1.4%), emulsifiers (mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids, sunflower lecithin), natural flavouring (contains MILK), preservative (potassium sorbate), citric acid, vitamins A and D, colour (carotene)“?!

(All per 100g of product)CocoaMargarine
Nutrition score564
Protein Quality900
A (IU)00
B1 (Thiamin) (mg)0.10
B2 (Riboflavin) (mg)0.20
B3 (Niacin) (mg)2.20
B5 (Pantothenic Acid) (mg)0.30
B6 (mg)0.10
Folic Acid (Folate) (mcg)321
B12 (μg/mcg)00
C (mg)00
D (IU)00
E (mg)0.15.2
K (μg/mcg)2.575
Calcium (mg)1283
Copper (mg)3.80
Iron (mg)13.90.1
Magnesium (mg)4991
Manganese (mg)3.80
Phosphorus (mg)7345
Potassium (mg)1,52418
Selenium (mcg)14.30
Sodium (mg)21654
Zinc (mg)6.80.1



One thought on “The BHF: Cocoa & Margarine

  • avatar
    February 28, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    This is the first time I am coming across this topic with regards to cocoa Vs standard margarine. You asked a great question of why they have decided to launch an attack on a natural source of nutrients in cocoa in favour of an industrialised product – margarine with all sorts of artificial chemicals and preservatives. It does make me wonder is this another case of profit over people’s health? Thank you for providing a great break down of the nutritional constituents of cocoa Vs Margarine. It is a no brainer. I think we are in the era where people need to wake up and start doing their own research and not just jumping on the bandwagon of popular opinions.
    I do really enjoy reading your blog articles and find them very informative indeed! I have just completed my MPH and do have an interest in nutrition and its impact on our general health.
    I have been involved in the child hood obesity forum in my borough which is still an ongoing issue 5-6 years down the line and it still baffles me why there still hasn’t been much improvement observed.
    I am planning to develop health workshops in my local community to raise awareness and empower people to make informed decisions about their health.


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