FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 8, 2009

CONTACT: Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tina Casey, 908-527-4346

 

CHOCOLATE SEMINAR REVEALS HIDDEN HEALTH SECRETS

 

Westfield, NJ – Chocolate lovers can learn about the hidden health secrets of their favorite treat at “Is Chocolate the New Health Food,”  a free seminar offered by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County.   The seminar is scheduled for Wednesday July 29, 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the County Extension offices in Westfield.

The event is free but pre-registration is required by contacting the Extension at 908-654-9854 or emailing dtorres@ucnj.org.

Dr. Karen Ensle, a nutrition expert and head of the County Extension department, will discuss the possible health benefits and offer some insights into the history of chocolate along with tips on cooking, storing, and selecting chocolates.

In moderation, chocolate has been recognized as part of a balanced diet.  It is a source of flavinoids, a group of plant-based substances.  According to the USDA, different flavinoids can stimulate the immune system, reduce allergy symptoms, prevent or reduce cancer, and protect against bacteria and viruses.

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County provides the community with science-based information on nutrition, food safety, home environmental health, family well-being, agriculture and 4-H youth development.   It is supported in part by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.