British health food retailer ridiculed for menopausal chocolate bar

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Controversy over menopausal chocolate bar

What’s the story

Holland & Barrett, a leading health food chain in the United Kingdom, has come under fire for its new product: a dark chocolate bar that claims to alleviate symptoms of menopause.

The 75g bar, available for £3.79, is marketed as a soothing aid that contributes to “the regulation of hormonal activity”.

It contains vitamin B6, which is mainly found in almonds.

However, this product received strong condemnation from menopause activist Kate Muir, who called it a “ridiculous, money-making product.”

Accusations of exploitation, insensitivity

Muir accused Holland & Barrett of exploiting vulnerable women, stressing the need for good medical care from the NHS.

She highlighted the alarming rise in suicide rates among perimenopausal women.

This sentiment was echoed on social media, where users dismissed the product as ‘offensive’ and ‘patronizing profiteering’.

The controversy escalated when it was revealed that these chocolate bars contained a woman’s entire daily allowance of saturated fat.

Holland & Barrett defends their product

In response to the backlash, a spokesperson for Holland & Barrett defended the product, stating that their food range aims to provide functional alternatives to popular snacks.

The company emphasized that the chocolate bar and its contents contribute to a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.

They described it as a little treat with added benefits compared to other bars.

They assured customers of guidance from trained counselors in their stores on how vitamins or herbal supplements can help with menopausal symptoms.

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