Vitamins: Too much of a not-so-good thing?

A healthy excuse to eat dark chocolate

No safety or efficacy data is available, either, the way there is with pharmaceuticals regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, he said. “I think people have the misconception that these products — dietary supplements and vitamins — are made by elves and old hippies that have meadows and flowers,” he said. The 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act had the effect of defeating the FDA’s attempt to regulate the supplements industry, so consumers don’t know what they are buying, Offit said.
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Dr. Paul Offit says everyone should be more skeptical about taking large doses of vitamins.

Buffett, whose holding company, Berkshire Hathaway, owns chocolatier Sees Candies, reportedly has a sweet tooth. Earlier this month, the Oracle of Omaha auctioned off a guided tour of a Sees factory for $156,000 to benefit an education nonprofit, promising that he would demonstrate to the winner the only acceptable way to eat a bonbon. While Buffetts favorite bonbon flavor remains under wraps (Berkshire Hathaway didnt return a call for comment on his preferences) his choice might be healthy as well as tasty. Studies have suggested that dark chocolate carries a whole host of health benefits. One of the most recent showed that drinking two cups of hot cocoa a day improved certain older adults performance on working memory testsoffering a glimmer of hope in the search for ways to curb the high financial, emotional and physical toll of dementia. Theres enough evidence of dark chocolates health benefits that some experts suggest incorporating small amounts of the stuff into a healthy diet.
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