Chocolate firm establishes health centre

A North American chocolate company has revealed results of ongoing studies at Yale University, linking the consumption of hot cocoa to improved cardiovascular function. The statement also coincides with the company’s announcement of the establishment of the Hershey Center for Health and Nutrition.

The Hershey Company plan is to direct scientific research to develop products with health benefits in the areas of heart health, weight management, and mental and physical energy.

The company is partnering Yale University, researching the effects of dark chocolate and cocoa on arterial function and blood pressure, and is testing formulas that deliver higher levels of antioxidants while reducing fats and sugars.

Tom Hernquist, Hershey senior vice president, says,“Our research is validating the significant health benefits of cocoa and snack nuts and provides an immense capability to meet the growing consumer demand for healthier products.

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