16 May '11, 1am

Not Your Average Brownie (It'll Make You Very, Very Sleepy):

Not Your Average Brownie (It'll Make You Very, Very Sleepy):

This is yet another "Real Food" post that is about how what's in our food isn't always...food . Your local Walgreens and 7-11 now offers you Lazy Cakes, Kush Cakes and Lulla Pies, brownie sort of snacks that have something a little extra than what you'd find in your average Ding Dong. These new desserts contain melatonin, a dietary supplement used to help treat sleep disorders, and are being promoted to help people relax. Melatonin is actually a hormone secreted by the pineal gland; it helps to maintain the body's circadian rhythm , our internal 24-hour clock which "plays a critical role in when we fall asleep and when we wake up," according to the University of Maryland Medical Center . The snacks contain about 8 milligrams of melatonin per brownie or cookie, indeed enough to send someone to slumberland. But as the New York Times notes, the Food and Drug Administration ha...

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