Report shows dark chocolate holds cardiovascular health benefits
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.
Obesity leads children to take adult medications
NEW YORK Data from two pharmacy plans and a market-research company indicate that more and more children are taking prescription medication for illnesses related to obesity, according to The New York Times.
Data that the Times obtained from the market-research company Verispan and pharmacy plans Medco Health Solutions and Express Scripts show that hundreds of thousands of children are being prescribed drugs for Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, acid reflux and high cholesterol.
The Times also reported the American Academy of Pediatrics as recommending drugs to lower cholesterol for children as young as 8.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines obesity as a body mass index of 30 or greater and estimates that it affects 33.3 percent of adult men and 35.3 percent of adult women in the United States.
Drugstore.com partners with E4X to provide international sales
BELLEVUE, Wash. With no more than a click, suppliers will soon be able to extend their brands overseas with a second online retailer. Drugstore.com on Monday announced it has entered into a contract to utilize E4X’s FiftyOne Global Ecommerce Solution to power the expansion of sales internationally.
Drugstore.com expects to be able to provide a wide selection of over-the-counter products to customers in 34 countries before year end.
“Drugstore.com is one of the top 50 online retailers in the United States, the time is right to accelerate our growth by adding international markets,” stated Dawn Lepore, chief executive officer and chairman of drugstore.com.
Drugstore.com’s online competitor, Amazon.com, is already active in nine countries, each with an individual url. However, the kind of front-end products you’d see in a drug store are only available in Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States, according to Amazon.com’s web site.