The chocolate science hype machine

The chocolate science hype machine

The dark side of mars-sponsored chocolate studies.

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Chocolate is good for health, study finds. Small study, points to chocolate as a weight-loss aid. Senior moments? Chocolate may be the answer to your problems. These are are just a few of the headlines that permeate through the web. However, these claims made in headlines about chocolate and it’s glorious benefits need to be taken with a grain of salt. Looking deeper into the studies, and the flaws of the study being short-term, with a small number of participants, and measurements of health that don’t translate well into endpoints that really matter for health. is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what’s really driving the events in the headlines. Check out to get up to speed on everything from Kurdistan to the Kim Kardashian app.

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90 Responses

  1. The Un Und Unly says:


  2. Snowy Sultanas says:

    “This isn’t borders folks”😂😂😂😂😂

    • Nelly Navarrete-Valle says:

      Hands down, the best part of the video

    • aytida vahgar says:

      I didn’t get the joke. Can anybody explain?

    • +MDrakonnia says:

      aytida vahgar When they showed the map where cacao trees grow we (the viewers) kind of expected them to actually film their visit to a cacao farm like other news outlets do, such as borders. But like she said, this is Vox doing a 5-6 min video. Photos are totally fine.

    • NotAVirginAnymore says:

      There was a really cool series on Vox, called Borders, in which @johnnywharris travelled to different countries and made reports from there. But for this video, they weren’t going to go to Côte d’Ivoire to tell a story about chocolate.

    • Fonkeng Saliki says:

      aytida vahgar to add on to what the person above me said, they have a series on fox called borders. it’s a series where they explore different kinds of orders across the world.

  3. Simone says:

    Scientists: “X contains a substance that is good for Y”
    Media: “X is really good for Y!”
    Me: *sighs*

  4. TheFast900 says:

    why does the other vox employee sound like she`s suffocating when she speaks XD

  5. thebahooplamaster says:

    Milk chocolate tastes so good, but dark chocolate which is good too is the one that is actually healthy…..

    • Christine Lindberg-Gilhus says:

      Michal Ziobro if it’s tasty or not is subjective. 😉
      Good quality white chocolate is very good in my opinion. My favorite is milk chocolate though. Absolutely hate dark choclate, never liked bitterness.

    • Evan Roden says:

      Swazi Hitler but it tastes like chalk

    • SKITTLeLA says:

      Dark chocolate is arguably not “ healthy”; it’s just less bad because it contains less sugar. I do prefer the taste of dark fwiw.

    • bluchismoon says:

      Christine Lindberg-Gilhus I think this chocolate rave begin with a paper that claimed chocolate was good for you, but the guy that wrote it and submitted it to some place that you just have to pay a fee to publish on has come out and said it was fake. He came out in Adam ruins everything on the episode on nutrition.

    • Funky Sagan Cat says:

      what’s wrong with you? Can’t you understand the video? Dark chocolate isn’t healthy

  6. Decode Channel says:

    Life is like a box of chocolates, It doesn’t last too long for fat people.

  7. Toucan says:

    Did you hear about the Mexican train killer?

    He had locomotives

  8. Our Founding Liars says:

    Chocolate was created by the Reptilian world order

  9. Alicia Mn says:

    *Still gonna eat chocolate tho*

  10. john Smith says:

    Ehm no m&m’s were harmed during this video? I’ve seen the adverts! Those are people!

  11. IsuruKusumal says:

    “This isn’t borders folks” 😪

  12. Taehyung Oppa says:


  13. George says:

    Her voice, sigh.

    *I wonder what chocolate she had recently*

  14. Matt Kid says:

    Does anyone else like Dark Chocolate?

  15. Nkanyiso Innocent Khwane says:

    😂 *Carlos*

  16. Patrick Hogan says:

    I could be mistaken, but I believe the worst part of chocolate tends to be the additives. The dairy, the excess sugar, all that. Eat the darkest chocolate possible.

    • Naum Rusomarov says:

      Any chocolate is unbelievably epically amazing. Until you realize that you’re eating cocoa favored sweet sweet butter. 

      The thing is, with that amount of sugar and butter even your momma would taste amazing. You could even eat your shoelaces with sugar and butter and they too would taste excellent.

    • E Fazza says:

      Naum Rusomarov You could say that about any food. Cake is just floury eggy sugar.

    • Jovis says:

      yes more than 80% is good (in moderation), actually lots of protein

    • LagiNaLangAko23 says:

      Go buy the beans and roast and grind em yourself. Though that means you’d just be drinking cocoa, which is how people in the past take their chocolate.

    • Francis Lai says:

      I’m one of the white chocolate scum. Flay me alive and burn me as a witch!

  17. Megz Bartsch says:

    Im sorry but that woman’s eyebrows at 1:10 are sooo thin.😳 Im sorry so unrelated 😅

  18. Uncle Bob says:

    That woman’s voice is kinda harsh but I don’t know why I wanna hear more of it.

  19. WhiteWalkerPepe says:

    Dark chocholate is health, if you dont eat more than 1-2 bar in a week.

  20. KristinM2288 says:

    I like how the lady with the raspy voice says “cocoa.”

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