Licorice root, which was used in ancient cultures as a medicine, can fight everything from allergies and hepatitis to hypertension and cancer, researchers say. In one study, the effects of spinal cord injuries in mice were significantly reduced after treatment with a licorice root extract.
Kroger shoppers can get "meal deals" linked directly to their loyalty cards on shortcuts.com, a free AOL service. For example, customers can save $2.75 on a pasta night deal, which includes discounts for a Macaroni Grill dinner kit, Kroger chicken, Green Giant vegetables and Pillsbury rolls.
Milk Media was one of the first organizations to use cartoon and pop-culture characters to promote healthy foods for children. While Batman, the Transformers and others are pitching milk, SpongeBob has been pushing fruits and vegetables, and Shrek promotes apple slices and milk at McDonald's.
Luxury chocolate makers in the U.K. such as Thorntons and Cocoa Mountain are introducing new products and growing sales, despite the economic downturn. Sales of chocolate in the region are expected to grow 5% this year, Mintel reported.