Study: Eating too much chocolate can lead to early death

Agriculture

I’m Clinton Griffiths with today’s AgDay Minute.

USDA is expanding its food assistance program for seniors. The agency announcing nearly 37-million dollars in additional funding for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. The program provides food to low-income people 60-years or older. USDA acknowledging seniors have been especially hard-hit by the pandemic. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack saying this week food insecurity among all U-S adults has fallen from 1-in-7 people in December to 1-in-11 this month crediting recent stimulus for helping drive down hunger.

Wildlife resources officials in Utah are encouraging people not to feed wild animals like deer. They’re reporting a spike in chronic wasting disease in several parts of the U.S. They say feeding animals regularly can cause them to return often and deer that may be infected may spread the infection to others that try to feed on the same food source.

And here’s something you may not want to believe, a new study says eating too much chocolate can lead to early death. This comes from researchers at the University of Oxford. They say indulging in sweet treats like chocolate, butter, or white bread can lead to weight gain and cardiovascular disease, ultimately increasing your risk of death in middle age. The second worst diet involved drinking too many sugary drinks, including fruit juice.

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