Scientists have discovered the use of cocoa

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Products, containing cacao, are the previously unknown source of vitamin D2, to such conclusion came the scientists from Halle-Wittenberg University and the Institute of max Rubner, a report published on the portal EurekAlert!.

The researchers put forward the theory that after drying cocoa beans in the sun occurs in them the transformation of precursor vitamin D into vitamin D2.

After mass spectrometric analysis of various cocoa products, confirmed his theory, revealing that cocoa is a source of significant amounts of vitamin D2.

Different cocoa products, according to the study authors, have different contents of this important nutrients. So, cocoa butter and dark chocolate have the highest amount of vitamin, while white chocolate has significantly less.

Vitamins D are essential part of the diet of a person. Their deficiency may increase the risk of respiratory diseases, rickets and osteoporosis.

Earlier, doctors from Loma Linda University in the US concluded that eating dark chocolate with high cocoa content enhances the immune system and increases brain activity.