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Greg Babe named new head of Bayer Corp.

BY Alaric DeArment

PITTSBURGH Bayer’s United States subsidiary has a new leader, who will act as representative for North America, the company announced Thursday.

Greg Babe will become president and chief executive officer of Bayer Corp., the U.S. division of Germany-based Bayer AG, beginning Oct. 1. He will replace Attila Molnar, who is retiring after spending 30 years with the company.

Babe will continue as president and chief executive officer of polymer and plastic producer Bayer MaterialScience, a position he has had since 2004. Before that, he was president and chief executive officer of Bayer Corporate and Business Services.

Babe has a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University. Molnar, a native of Germany, has a doctorate in chemistry from Erlangen University and began working for Bayer in 1978 as a plant manager in Leverkusen, Germany.

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FDA recognizes Cognis’ Tonalin CLA diet aid as safe

BY Michael Johnsen

LAGRANGE, Ill. Cognis Nutrition and Health earlier this week announced that the Food and Drug Administration issued a ‘no questions letter’ with regard to Cognis’ Tonalin CLA, a diet aid supplement, which grants the nutrient generally-recognized-as-safe status.

The new FDA GRAS status expands the use of Tonalin CLA into the following approved food applications: milk and flavored milk products; yogurt products; ;fruit juice products; soy milk beverages; and meal replacement beverages and bars.

Cognis cites scientific evidence in making the claim that CLA helps consumers reduce body fat up to 9 percent, prevent fat regain and improve the ratio of lean body mass to body fat. Tonalin works by decreasing the amount of fat stored after eating, increasing the rate of fat breakdown and metabolism, helping the body use its existing fat for energy, and decreasing the total number of fat cells. Tonalin’s effectiveness has been confirmed by 17 clinical trials published in peer-reviewed journals, the company stated.

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Report shows dark chocolate holds cardiovascular health benefits

BY Jenna Duncan

HERSHEY, Pa. In addition to containing amounts of flavanols that have been shown to be a great source of antioxidants, a new study suggests that dark chocolate also has an important effect on cardiovascular health.

A new report released by the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center said that persons who ate regulated amounts of Hershey’s Extra Dark Chocolate experienced positive, short-term effects on their blood pressure levels as well as endothelial (blood vessel) functions. The study was tested on 45 persons who consumed Hershey’s Extra Dark Chocolate (75 g, 60 percent cacao) and/or Hershey’s Natural Cocoa (22 g) two hours following consumption.

Researchers said that this study is the largest of its kind investigating short-term benefits of natural cocoa on blood pressure and blood vessel function. Results of the study have been published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Hershey’s Extra Dark Chocolate is also the first chocolate bar ever to receive the Best Life seal of approval. The Best Life seal is a designation developed by trainer and exercise physiologist Bob Greene to indicate best food choices for a healthy, active lifestyle.

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