Hershey’s Kisses and Picky Eaters

The Lempert Report
January 27, 2016

This week in Food News!

Great news for those who love Hershey’s Kisses and for parents with picky eaters.

Want to reduce your risk of heart disease by 11 percent? How about a 25 percent lower risk of death from heart disease? Forget the treadmill - new research out of Britain reports this can be accomplished by just eating 4.46 Hershey’s Kisses every day - and what is shocking is they are talking about the milk chocolate ones - not the dark chocolate! This study of 21,000 adults over a 12 year period was the first to actually measure the effects of milk chocolate. Other research has already pointed to the flavonoid powers of dark chocolate having similar results. Now I was only kidding about skipping the treadmill, because we know that a healthy lifestyle is a combination of what we eat and our exercise, And if you were wondering how they came up with the exacting 4.46 quantity of the Kisses? That’s the equivalent of 100 grams. And after all they are British, and exactness counts.

Radboud University in the Netherlands finds that kids who play Internet games involving food or that contains a food ad, will eat 55 percent more food than those who play games without them. They point out that the kids almost blindly reach for snacks and treats as their hunger builds when playing the games. They also caution about the games on websites of food brands that allow kids to play games remotely with their friends. Apparently there was no recorded difference in the type of game - Candy Crush or Fruit Ninja both influenced the kids to eat candy. The lead researcher, Frans Folkvord says the reason is simple. Children tend to favor candy.