Too Good to be True? Team Creates Low-Fat Chocolate

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Have a love for chocolate but not the calories that can come with it?

Scientists at the University of Warwick in England say they've created chocolate with half the fat but the same great taste.

The concoction replaces cocoa butter and milk fats in chocolate with drops of fruit juice.

Lead author Stefan Bon and his colleagues used orange and cranberry juice less than 30 microns in diameter as the substitution. The juice drops were infused into milk, dark and white chocolate, then analyzed.

Their findings are published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry.

"Everyone loves chocolate, but unfortunately we all know that many chocolate bars are high in fat," Bon said in a press release.

"However, it's the fat that gives chocolate all the indulgent sensations that people crave," he explained.

The researchers admitted the varied chocolate does taste a bit fruity. The authors said the fruit taste can be diffused by using water and a small amount of ascorbic acid instead.

"We've established the chemistry behind this new technique, but now we're hoping the food industry will take our method to make tasty, lower-fat chocolate bars," Bon said.

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