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Maramor Chocolates: Good for You

Pro Probiotics

Maramor Chocolates

Europeans have long known that a healthy digestive system means a healthy body and have used probiotics (which means "for life") to balance their intestinal microflora. Americans have relied on antibiotics to fight certain illnesses, but are starting to realize the benefits of probiotics. The latest good-for-you supplements are appearing more frequently in yogurts, kefirs and healthful drinks like kombucha, and now, thanks to Maramor Chocolates, also in chocolate.

Yogurt and other dairy products typically list their probiotics as live active cultures such as L. acidophilus, Bifidus, L. casei, and L. rhamnosus. Up to now we didn't know how many probitotics we needed, just that they were good for us. According to Maramor, their dark and milk chocolate bars contain more than 1 billion Lactobacillus Helveticus and Bifidobacterium Longum colonies and they say the survival rate of processing these probiotics is three times greater than the rate for dairy. Maramor, which has been manufacturing chocolates since the 1920s, claims that the consumption of one of their bars daily fits the health bill.

Either way, for a health food item (even for a chocolate) they taste pretty delicious with 70 calories per dark 14-gram bar (or 80 calories for the milk chocolate). They are packaged in a faintly medicinal, old-school looking two-week supply box that won't win design awards, but then again, they are not pretending to be the cocoa bean-rich gourmet guys, either. While Maramor recommends eating one per day for good digestive health, we'll probably stick with yogurt, but when we do crave a chocolate treat we might as well go with this tasty do-gooder.

Each two-week supply package contains 14 individual chocolate bars. The suggested retail price is $14.99 per box. For more information, visit www.maramor.com

Reviewed by Sylvie Greil

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