Cocoa bean DNA testing offers path to end slavery and child labour in chocolate industry
(University of Bath) A new method of DNA testing on cocoa beans could revolutionise the chocolate industry, offering consumers greater reassurance about the origins and ethics of their beloved confectionery, and giving the global cocoa industry a precision tool to help end slavery and child labour. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Q & A: Eating Milk Chocolate in the Morning Boosts Fat Metabolism
A study of 19 postmenopausal women found that eating a bar of chocolate in the morning affected their bodies differently than eating it at night, but neither led to weight gain. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - June 30, 2021 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Starting the day off with chocolate could have unexpected benefits
(Brigham and Women's Hospital) A new study of postmenopausal women has found that eating a concentrated amount of chocolate during a narrow window of time in the morning may help the body burn fat and decrease blood sugar levels. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 24, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Junk food relief in lockdown
(Flinders University) Beware of those snack attacks. A new study in Appetite has confirmed the small luxuries, from sweets and chocolate to salty treats, have helped to lift our spirits - and kilojoule intake - during COVID-19 lockdowns. Researchers in England and Australia have gathered evidence about similar experiences in the UK and Victoria, Australia to warn about the effect of extended pandemic lockdowns on our eating behaviours. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 23, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Gut health foods: Six foods to help nourish your gut microbiome including dark chocolate
A HEALTHY gut has been linked to numerous health benefits, including improved mood, stronger immunity, less digestive complaints, and even weight loss. Here we look at the foods that allow the bacteria to do their job better and improve overall gut function. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - June 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New (And Very Cute) 'Chocolate Frog' Species Identified By Scientists
The little frog, Litoria mira, was found in a rainforest swamp in New Guinea. (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 5, 2021 Category: Science Source Type: news

Think you may be hooked on chocolate? You're probably not getting enough kip, says Dr MICHAEL MOSLEY
Stress and lack of sleep change the balance of your body's hormones, making it more likely that your blood sugar levels stay high and that excess fat will be laid down around your abdomen. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Imagine the Worst, or We're at Our Own Peril: Osterholm Imagine the Worst, or We're at Our Own Peril: Osterholm
At home with politicians and news anchors, CIDRAP's Michael Osterholm shares three rules of science and the media, and explains why policy and science belong together like chocolate and peanut butter.Medscape (Source: Medscape Radiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Radiology Headlines - May 14, 2021 Category: Radiology Tags: Internal Medicine Expert Interview Source Type: news

How West African Leaders Can Tackle Youth and Gender Inequities
Women informal cross-border traders. Credit: Trevor Davies/IPSBy Ifeanyi Nsofor, Adaeze Oreh, and John Lazame TindabilMay 6 2021 (IPS) Recently, both Republics of Benin and Chad held their 2021 national elections. These countries are among thirteen countries on the continent billed to elect new political leaders in 2021 alone. This is a good opportunity to improve conditions on the continent. Indeed, the COVID-19 pandemic has magnified other issues on the continent like youth unemployment that better leadership could help improve. These are three ways West African leaders can better help their nations at thi...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ifeanyi Nsofor, Adaeze Oreh, and John Lazame Tindabil Tags: Africa Gender Global Governance Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

Analysis of the California list of pesticides, mycotoxins, and cannabinoids in chocolate using liquid chromatography and low-pressure gas chromatography-based platforms - Reyes-Garces N, Myers C.
Cannabis legalization has led to the development of a variety of cannabis infused products with edibles being one of the most popular. The state of California has implemented comprehensive cannabis testing regulations requiring the analysis of cannabinoids... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Two compounds can make chocolate smell musty and moldy
(American Chemical Society) Chocolate is a beloved treat, but sometimes the cocoa beans that go into bars and other sweets have unpleasant flavors or scents, making the final products taste bad. Surprisingly, only a few compounds associated with these stinky odors are known. Now, researchers reporting in ACS'Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry have identified the two compounds that cause musty, moldy scents in cocoa -- work that can help chocolatiers ensure the quality of their products. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Chocolate chip diplomacy: Biden courts Congress with gusto
WASHINGTON (AP) — The pictures always make it look so presidential: Joe Biden sitting in a tall-back chair, surrounded by the arrayed... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Having a sweet tooth could lead to heart disease and death in middle age, study finds
University of Oxford scientists tracked 116,000 people's eating habits for up to 15 years and found people who indulged in chocolate bars and sugary drinks were more at risk of heart disease. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chocolate, Butter, Sodas: Avoid These Foods for a Healthier Middle Age
A new study looks at how combinations of foods affect long-term health outcomes. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - April 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chocolate, Butter, Sodas: Avoid These Foods for a Healthier Middle Age
THURSDAY, April 22, 2021 -- It's no secret that too much sugar and saturated fat aren't good for you, but what food combos put you at greater risk for heart disease and death in middle age? The answer, from a new University of Oxford study, is... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 22, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

‘We’ve lost our entire European trade’: Brexit’s impact on UK chocolate makers
Delays, paperwork and additional costs are making British chocolate scarce in Europe (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The happiness factor
To be or not to be, that is the question? The opening line of Hamlet’s soliloquy is a memorable piece that you probably remember from school days. But it is the beginning of a personal consideration about the merits of suicide; it’s no wonder the play is one of Shakespeare’s tragedies. I like to think that perhaps Will could have improved it just a little by the addition of one simple word. To be happy or not to be happy, now that is an even more interesting question? Perhaps in changing the tone of the opening line Hamlet might have changed his fate and so turned tragedy into something altogether lighter...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - March 31, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Happiness Source Type: news

The 'healthy' Easter egg with more fat than TWELVE Krispy Kreme doughnuts
It sounds too good to be true: an indulgent Easter egg that is also, somehow, healthy. But this year, supermarket shelves are heaving with chocolate treats that seem to make just that claim. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Data shows collapse of UK food and drink exports post-Brexit
HMRC figures reveal huge year-on-year falls in trade, with whisky, cheese and chocolate worst hit (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chronic binge eater beats disorder and drops 8st 6lbs and five dress sizes
Ola Ingielewicz, 25, from Wandsworth, London, would gorge on food until she got sick and started comfort eating crisps, chocolates and fizzy drinks while left alone as a young child. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The pandemic has given me extra time with my teenage sons
It ’s been a tough time to be 17 or 18, but there have been some upsides, tooMy sons are 18 and 17. It was the younger ’s birthday this week and I made an awful cake that definitely breached myminimum cake standards (I hesitate to criticise Nigella, but there is such a thing as too much peanut butter). He looked a bit overwhelmed when we sang happy birthday, and I worried all day about him and his 17-year-old pandemic life, without access to the places and people that help being 17 make sense. There is nothing I can do about that, so I am fixating on the cake, sitting here wondering if I have time to make a rep...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 13, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Emma Beddington Tags: Life and style Family Children Parents and parenting Psychology Science Health & wellbeing Source Type: news

S'mores and ice skaters — In-person, outdoor event raises money for Special Spaces: Slideshow
About 250 Milwaukee-area business and community leaders put on their ski clothes, warm hats and grabbed some hand warmers to attend the Special Spaces "Dream Big" celebration at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield. Check out the attached slideshow to see photos from the outdoor event, which featured ice skaters, horse-drawn carriage rides and plenty of hot chocolate and hand warmers. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - March 1, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Kenny Yoo Source Type: news

We ’re in the Third Quarter of the Pandemic. Antarctic Researchers, Mars Simulation Scientists and Navy Submarine Officers Have Advice For How to Get Through It
McMurdo Station, an Antarctic research base 2,415 miles south of Christchurch, New Zealand, is a strange place to ride out the COVID-19 pandemic. But it’s been a home of sorts for Pedro Salom since he took a dishwashing job there in 2001, when he was 24. Now an assistant area manager with more than a dozen Antarctic deployments behind him, Salom has grown accustomed to the ebb and flow of life on the ice. There’s the surge of excitement when new arrivals join the camp, the feeling of isolation from the rest of the world when earth and sea disappear in the endless night from April to August; and the joy when the...
Source: TIME: Health - February 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tara Law Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

They ’re Healthy. They’re Sustainable. So Why Don’t Humans Eat More Bugs?
Sylvain Hugel is one of the world’s foremost experts on crickets of the Indian Ocean Islands. So when he received an email from a fellow entomologist in March 2017 asking for help identifying a species in Madagascar that could be farmed for humans to consume, he thought it was a joke. “I’m working to protect those insects, not eat them,” the French academic responded tartly. But the emails from Brian Fisher, an ant specialist at the California Academy of Sciences, in San Francisco, kept coming. Fisher had been doing fieldwork in Madagascar when he realized that the forests where both he and Hugel c...
Source: TIME: Science - February 26, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Aryn Baker Tags: Uncategorized Evergreen feature Londontime longform overnight Sustainability TIME 2030 Source Type: news

Hershey, Nestlé and other chocolate makers sued for child slavery
(Natural News) A human rights group has filed a lawsuit against some of the biggest names in the chocolate industry for allegedly trafficking children across national borders to harvest cocoa. Eight Malian men claim they were victims of this child slave labor scheme, which involved their being recruited under false pretenses, trafficked into Côte d’Ivoire,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gut bacteria can help fight the harmful effects of processed foods like cereals and pasta, scientists find
(Natural News) Research shows how a certain bacterium found in the human gut can break down a chemical commonly found in processed foods, such as ultra-pasteurized milk, pasta, chocolate and breakfast cereals. Published in Cell Host & Microbe, the findings generate invaluable insight into how gut microbes break down processed foods and lower the risk of health conditions often associated with... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How I found the special joy of nature in cities | Alice Vincent
You have to look – and sometimes very closely – but discovering small patches of woodland or flowers bursting through concrete makes me appreciate nature all the moreOne Friday morning last October, when we still could, I drove down from Brixton in south London to Somerset. It was one of those autumn days people anticipate in the midst of a sticky summer, with pillowy mist and low-lying sun trying to get through it. Even hurtling down the M3 was gorgeous; trees filling in the shade card between chartreuse and maroon, buzzards circling overhead.I spent the rest of that weekend mentally checking off an autumnal b...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 30, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Alice Vincent Tags: Health & wellbeing Life and style London Cities Environment Psychology Science Source Type: news

EU opens price-fixing probe against maker of Toblerone, Oreo and Cadbury chocolate
The EU's powerful competition authorities have opened an in-depth probe into allegations of price-fixing by Mondelez, the global... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

February 2021
Financial Problems Can Be Sign of Dementia Lowering Your Cancer Risk : Healthy Living for Cancer Prevention Chocolate Health Claims : Sweet Truth or Bitter Reality? Eating Plan for a Healthy Heart NIH COVID-19 Research (Source: NIH News in Health)
Source: NIH News in Health - January 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Danish and Chinese tongues taste broccoli and chocolate differently
(Faculty of Science - University of Copenhagen) Two studies from the University of Copenhagen show that Danes aren't quite as good as Chinese at discerning bitter tastes. The research suggests that this is related to anatomical differences upon the tongues of Danish and Chinese people. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 5, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Could your belly be mistaken for Father Christmas's? One at-home activity to shed the fat
HAVE you overindulged this Christmas? Too many treats, chocolates, mince pies, chocolate and booze could have resulted in a round tum akin to Father Christmas himself. Here's a trick you could do to shed the belly fat this New Year. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - January 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Breaking Up with Netflix and Other Futile New Year ’s Resolutions
A version of this article appeared in this week’s It’s Not Just You newsletter. SUBSCRIBE HERE to have It’s Not Just You delivered to your inbox every Sunday. 🌞 Well hello! I’m so glad you’re here. This week I’ve got some thoughts on resolutions, ideas for finding winter joy, and the story of a waitress who survived COVID with a little help and is now paying it forward. And of course a comfort dog. BREAKING UP WITH NETFLIX It’s the time of the year when we’re normally compelled to make outlandishly ambitious New Year’s resolutions. I’d argue that staying se...
Source: TIME: Health - December 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Susanna Schrobsdorff Tags: Uncategorized Evergreen It's Not Just You Source Type: news

National Library finds 120-year-old chocolates commissioned by Queen Victoria and owned by Banjo Paterson
Conservators at the National Library of Australia unearth one of the world's oldest boxes of chocolates, commissioned by Queen Victoria herself. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Popeyes to launch beignets nationwide for limited time as it doubles down on dessert
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is adding chocolate beignets to its menu nationwide for a limited time. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Recipes for Chocolate Truffles
Enticingly imperfect, hand-rolled truffles are a one-bite affair. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Florence Fabricant Tags: Quarantine (Life and Culture) Chocolate Content Type: Service Recipes Source Type: news

KC company gets OK to make medical marijuana products ranging from gummies to fine chocolate
The company will offer its own lines, and licensed products from well-known brands. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - December 7, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Brian Kaberline Source Type: news

Could chocolate or green tea fight Covid-19? NC State researchers think it's possible
New research coming out of N.C. State University says that certain foods, including dark chocolate and green tea, may be inhibitors to the virus that causes Covid-19. This week, new research was published in Frontiers in Plant Science detailing work from a team of plant biologists at N.C. State regarding how certain chemical compounds in food and beverages may interact with the virus. Researchers analyzed how compounds found in certain foods could bind to and b lock the function of a specific enzyme… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - December 2, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Seth Thomas Gulledge Source Type: news

Could chocolate or green tea fight Covid-19? NC State researchers think it's possible
New research coming out of N.C. State says that certain foods, including dark chocolate and green tea, may be inhibitors to the virus that causes Covid-19. This week, new research was published in Frontiers in Plant Science detailing work from a team of plant biologists at N.C. State regarding how certain chemical compounds in food and beverages may interact with the virus. Researchers analyzed how compounds found in certain foods could bind to and b lock the function of a specific enzyme – or… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - December 1, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Seth Thomas Gulledge Source Type: news

Cocoa Might Give Your Brain a Boost: Study
MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2020 -- Could the main ingredient found in chocolate super-charge your brain, help young, healthy adults think better, faster and more efficiently? Just maybe, according to a small new study out of Britain. The finding is based on... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 30, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Golden ticket: Researchers examine what consumers desire in chocolate products
(Penn State) Gold foil, ornate labels and an intriguing backstory are product characteristics highly desired by premium chocolate consumers, according to research conducted by food scientists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. The study is one of the first to thoroughly research what American premium chocolate consumers find to be desirable attributes in their chocolate bars. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How China's Xi Jinping blew a golden opportunity with US President Donald Trump
At the first meeting between Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, held over chocolate cake and sorbet at the US President's vast... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fading Sense of Smell Could Signal Higher Death Risk in Older Adults
MONDAY, Oct. 26, 2020 -- If you're a senior who can't smell onions, smoke, chocolate or natural gas, it's time to see your doctor. Seniors who lose their sense of smell -- which doctors call olfactory dysfunction -- have higher odds of dying from... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 26, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

High social and ecological standards for chocolate
(University of G ö ttingen) Worldwide demand for food from the tropics that meets higher environmental and social standards has risen sharply in recent years. Consumers often have to make ethically questionable decisions: products may be available through child labour, starvation wages or environmental destruction. Building on an interdisciplinary project in Peru, an international research team including G ö ttingen Univeristy published an overview on the transition to responsible, high-quality cocoa production. This 'Perspective' article appeared in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution. (Source: EurekAler...
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 19, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Where ’d I Stash That Chocolate? It’s Easy to Remember
People were more likely to remember the locations of high-calorie foods they ’d smelled or tasted than the locations of low-calorie foods. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nicholas Bakalar Tags: Memory Chocolate Food Calories Source Type: news

‘It’s a Game for Them.’ Scientists Around the World Are Teaching Dogs to Sniff Out COVID-19
Steve Lindsay, a public health entomologist at Durham University, is midway through explaining how dogs might play a role in detecting COVID-19 infections when a decidedly less-well trained canine interrupts our conversation. “If you’ll excuse me for a minute, I’ve got a naughty black Labrador out in the back garden doing something it shouldn’t be doing,” Lindsay says. He disappears. I hear barking. He returns accompanied by a chocolate lab. “She’s not as skilled as the detection dogs,” Lindsay says as the pup tries to lick his face. “But it’s really interesting t...
Source: TIME: Health - October 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alejandro de la Garza Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

‘It’s a Game for Them.’ Scientists Around the World Are Teaching Dogs to Sniff Out COVID-19
Steve Lindsay, a public health entomologist at Durham University, is midway through explaining how dogs might play a role in detecting COVID-19 infections when a decidedly less-well trained canine interrupts our conversation. “If you’ll excuse me for a minute, I’ve got a naughty black Labrador out in the back garden doing something it shouldn’t be doing,” Lindsay says. He disappears. I hear barking. He returns accompanied by a chocolate lab. “She’s not as skilled as the detection dogs,” Lindsay says as the pup tries to lick his face. “But it’s really interesting t...
Source: TIME: Science - October 9, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Alejandro de la Garza Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Allergic to Milk? Some Dark Chocolate Labeled as Dairy-Free May Still Contain Milk
FDA is releasing more information about its recent study finding that some dark chocolate products contain varying amounts of milk. And you can't always tell that's the case simply by reading the food label. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - October 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: FDA Source Type: news

Type 2 diabetes: New trial rolled out by the NHS to reverse the condition
TYPE 2 diabetes is linked to lifestyle choices, such as eating that whole bar of chocolate or bag of crisps. Being overweight is a major risk factor for developing - what was once considered - a 'lifetime' condition. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Frank brand milk chocolate covered raisins recall warning issued
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is recalling the snack sold at Canadian Tire stores because there may be undeclared traces of peanut in it. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - September 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nova Scotia Source Type: news