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Nestle Raises the Bar on Sustainability

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I’m Ms. Choice and I’m here to provide information and assist in promoting and implementing wellness and healthier snacking at work sites and schools. Take a look at an article from KitKat, below:

 

KitKat makes global pledge to use only sustainably sourced cocoa.

Cocoa Plan
KitKat is the first global chocolate brand to announce that it will use only sustainably sourced cocoa to manufacture all of its products, and will do so from the first quarter of 2016.The brand already uses only sustainably sourced cocoa, accredited by independent third-party bodies, in products sold in certain markets, but this new announcement extends the practice worldwide, including the United States.Sandra Martinez, Head of Confectionery for Nestlé, said: “We’re delighted to be a flag bearer for the industry, as the first global chocolate brand to announce such a move.“Sustainable cocoa sourcing helps safeguard the livelihoods of farming communities and delivers higher quality cocoa beans. This announcement will only strengthen consumer trust in KitKat as a responsible brand.”The initiative, which coincides with KitKat’s 80th birthday, is part of Nestlé’s commitment to source 150,000 tonnes of sustainably produced cocoa by 2017 via the Nestlé Cocoa Plan.The Nestlé Cocoa Plan aims to improve the lives of cocoa farming communities and the quality of the cocoa Nestlé purchases.As KitKat marks eight decades since its launch, learn more about how ‘moment marketing’ helped this iconic brand conquer the digital world.

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10 Simple Rules For A Healthy Life

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With modern day stressors, it can be hard to maintain a balanced lifestyle. Here are some great guidelines from Huffington Post on coming back to your center…and whenever chocolate is a positive suggestion, you know I am on board!

Health Tips: 10 Simple Rules For A Healthy Life
09/03/2012 9:47 am EDT

By Jené Luciani for Shape.com

These days, it takes more than an apple a day to keep the doctor away. With hectic lifestyles and bad habits like skipping sleep, excess alcohol consumption and sky-high stress levels, it’s harder than ever for most people to stay fit and healthy, much less take extra steps to reduce your risk of diseases like cancer, stroke and heart disease.

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3. Eat Chocolate
Surprised by this rule? Believe it or not, you can enjoy the foods you like — any and all of them, in moderation.”The key to any good diet is to allow yourself a treat every once in a while. If you eat ice cream every day, it doesn’t taste nearly as good as if you eat it at the end of the week as a reward for an entire week of healthy eating!”

Is chocolate healthy for your heart?

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I have some great news about chocolate and its relationship with heart health! Below is an article courtesy of Vending Market Watch suggesting that people who indulge in chocolate can receive many associated health benefits:

 

 

Study: Eating Chocolate Is Good For Heart Health
JUN 19, 2015

Eating up to 100 g of chocolate every day is linked to lowered heart disease and stroke risk, finds research published online in the journal Heart.

There doesn’t seem to be any evidence for cutting out chocolate to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, conclude the researchers.

They base their findings on almost 21,000 adults taking part in the EPIC-Norfolk study, which is tracking the impact of diet on the long term health of 25,000 men and women in Norfolk, England, using food frequency and lifestyle questionnaires.

The researchers also carried out a systematic review of the available international published evidence on the links between chocolate and cardiovascular disease, involving almost 158,000 people—including the EPIC study participants.

The EPIC-Norfolk participants (9,214 men and 11,737 women) were monitored for an average of almost 12 years, during which time 3013 (14%) people experienced either an episode of fatal or non-fatal coronary heart disease or stroke.

Around one in five (20%) participants said they did not eat any chocolate, but among the others, daily consumption averaged 7 g, with some eating up to 100 g.

Higher levels of consumption were associated with younger age and lower weight (BMI), waist: hip ratio, systolic blood pressure, inflammatory proteins, diabetes and more regular physical activity…

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