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Kiwi Fruit may help High Blood Pressure

A study by Oslo University Hospital in Norway showed that men and women with mildly high blood pressure were able to lower their systolic levels (upper number of by eating 3 kiwi a day for 8 weeks. The green flesh of the kiwi has a lot of nutritional value including lutein, a powerful antioxidant.

Cardiologists were quick to point out that there is no one super fruit or food ingredient but it is important to get five servings of fruits and vegetables a day as part of a heart healthy diet.

 

 

Women at greater risk from sugary drinks

Women increase their risk of developing heart disease and diabetes when they drink two or more sugar sweetened drinks per day. A new study has shown the risks from sweetened drinks and flavored waters may be independent from weight gain issues. A study of middle aged women who drank two or more sugary beverages a day were more than four times likely to have high levels of dangerous blood fats called triglycerides and impaired blood sugar levels known as prediabetes. Also women who drank these beverages had more belly fat but not necessarily more weight. Belly fat or abdominal obesity poses a greater risk than fat in other areas of the body as it lies deep inside and produces hormones and other substances that negatively affect blood pressure, cholesterol and insulin production. Together these risks create a metabolic syndrome, a cluster of risk factors link to heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

 

 

Apple a day may really keep doctor away

Eating apples every day may be good for your heart according to new research published by HealthDay news. Women who ate dried apples everyday for a year lowered their total cholesterol by 14% and their levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol by 23%!

Researchers from Florida State University were astounded by the results. "I never expected eating apples would not only reduce bad cholesterol so much but also increase good cholesterol" said Bahram Arjmandi chair of the school's department of nutrition, food and exercise sciences.

 

 

Once again Walnuts win; have double antioxidants of other nuts

Research has once again shown that walnuts are the best nuts to eat to protect your body against disease and help prevent cell damage. Walnuts have twice as many antioxidant polyphenols than other nuts.  The study perform by chemistry professor Jon Vinson at the University of Scranton found that the antioxidants in walnuts are 4-15 times more potent that antioxidants found in vitamin E. Nuts in general carry more protein, vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. And as past research has shown nut can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other diseases. Prof Vinson states "consumers should eat more walnuts as part of a healthy diet."

 

 

High sugar intake by teens can increase risk of heart disease

Teens who consume high amounts of added sugar products such as those in soft drinks are more likely to develop heart disease according to a study by the American Heart Association. The study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association showed teens have poor cholesterol profiles after having consumed too many added sugars from drinks and foods. The added sugars are the sweeteners added to foods and drinks by manufacturing companies.

 

 

Eating Mediterranean Diet Keeps Brain Healthy

Mainly relating to those 65 and older but should apply to all people, those who followed a Mediterranean diet of fruits, fish, vegetables, olive oil, grains, moderate wine and less meat tend to have a healthier brain as they age. The ongoing study published to the American Society for Nutrition was performed by the Rush Medical Center in Chicago. "It is also important to remember that physical activity is an important part of maintaining cognitive skills," says the author Dr. Christy Tangery.

 

 

Foods that help against Alzheimer's

People who eat a lot of salad dressing, nuts, fish, poultry and certain fruits and vegetables and not much red meat, high-fat dairy, organ meat and butter are less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease, according to researchers at Columbia University Medical Center.

Those who didn't get Alzheimer's had a diets rich in seven different nutrients: vitamin E, vitamin B12, saturated fatty acids, monounsaturated fatty acids, omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids and folate.

 

 

Dark chocolate good medicine for liver disease

A small study by Spanish researchers found that people with end stage liver disease who ate dark chocolate containing 85% cocoa had a markedly smaller rise in blood pressure of in the liver.

"This study shows a clear association between eating dark chocolate and (lower) portal hypertension and demonstrates the potential importance of improvements in the management of cirrhotic patients," said Mark Thursz, a professor of hepatology at London's Imperial College.

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Potassium rich foods reduce risk of stroke and CAD

Eating foods rich in potassium can reduce one risk of stroke and coronary artery disease (CAD). These foods include leafy greens, potatoes, and bananas. The study by Italian researchers found a 19% lower risk of stroke and a 8% lower risk of CAD. According to HeathDay news, the findings were show at the American Heart Association's Nutrition conference along with another study that found eating a high amount of raw fruits and vegetables also may help protect against stroke. More information about dietary potassium can be found at the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

 

 

Cancer news

The World Cancer Research Fund claims that a new study shows switching to lower alcohol level wines could lower ones risk of getting certain types of cancers. The reports stated by reducing the alcohol content from 14% to 10% and limit the number of glasses of wine you drink to two for men, one for women.

In other news, individuals who followed a Mediterranean diet were 33% less likely to get stomach cancer then those who were furthest from that type of diet consumption. The nine year study was performed by Catalan Institute of Oncology in Spain and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

 

 

Blueberries boost memory in older adults

Adding blueberries to your diet for 12 weeks may help boost your memory, especially in older adults. A study in the United States showed that consuming blueberries or even blueberry juice daily caused improved learning and word list recall as well as reduced depressive symptoms. The study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry is the first human study to demonstrate the connection of blueberries to brain function. The study did focus on older adults with a higher risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

 

 

Cocoa in chocolate, cocoa in milk

A report on Health Day news web site showed a study performed by Spanish researchers showed people who ate cocoa or unsweetened cocoa powder reduced inflammatory markers associated with heart disease. The report explains that " the inflammatory markers, called adhesion molecules, are proteins that cause white blood cells to stick to the walls of the arteries, which can lead to the formation of atherosclerotic plaques." The study, performed on actual humans instead of animals, showed that people who drank cocoa flavored skim milk had lower inflammation levels than those who drank milk alone. The study is being published in the November issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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Enhanced blueberry juice vs. obesity, diabetes

A Canadian study performed on mice showed promise in the fight against obesity and diabetes. According to the study, blueberry juice enhanced with bacteria from the skin of the fruit halted progress of obesity and diabetes in mice. The bacteria increased the antioxidants in the juice by four times.

 

 

Campbell Soup's Chunky line get makeover

According to Progressive Grocer, Campbell Soup is improving its Chunky soup line to include a full serving of vegetables and using 100% lean beef. Also expect to see a newly redesigned label on the 23 varieties of soups offered.

 

 

Whole Grains, high bran foods boost heart

In a study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition men who ate whole grain foods were less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who ate little whole grain. The same held true for those who ate more bran.

 

 

Mediterranean diet good for diabetics

According to HealthDay.com news, people with type 2 diabetes who followed a Mediterranean diet were able to lose weight and lower cardiovascular risk factors. The study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, was performed by Italian researchers. The study found that 70% of those who follow a low fat diet eventually needed diabetic medication while only 44% of those who followed the Mediterranean diet ended up needed the medication.

 

 

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New from Campbell's Soup

A new selections of soups that are healthy but yet hearty at the same time. Made with fresh ingredients and fill of flavor. The Campbell's Soup Select Harvest brand has introduced many new varieties just in time for fall. There are 33 different soups you can try that will keep you warm all winter long.

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Healthiest Beverages

A health web site published a study by the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) which ranked the top beverages for fighting disease (based on antioxidant levels). The top drink is Pomegranate juice followed by red wine, Concord grape juice and blueberry juice. Others that made the top ten are: cranberry juice, orange juice, tea and apple juice.

 

 

Walnuts Rank High on New Nutrition Scales

Walnuts and other tree nuts and peanuts were recently ranked using the Index of Nutritional Quality (INQ) nutrient testing system at the Food Consulting Company of Del Mar, California(i) According to Karen Duester, MS, RD who conducted the test, "Not surprisingly, walnuts ranked highest among the nuts in INQ. 15 years of clinical research on walnuts have shown benefits for the heart, and we're not just talking about cholesterol reduction -- improved vascular function and a reduction in inflammation have also been documented.  Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD, professor of nutrition science and policy at Tufts University and a member of the Hannaford Scientific Advisory Panel explains, "Walnuts are a whole food rich in antioxidants, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an essential omega-3 fatty acid, protein, fiber, and more. Whole walnuts receive the 'best nutritional value' three star ranking (the highest) due to their nutrient profile."  According to David Katz, MD, MPH a nationally renowned authority on nutrition and the principal inventor for the ONQI system, "When overall nutritional quality is assessed, the verdict is clear: walnuts are a great food -- they pack a lot of nutrient benefits in a nutshell!"

 

 

Campbell to sell soups under V8 label

Campbell Soup Co., Camden, will start selling soups under the V8 beverage label this year to spur sales of more-expensive varieties. Campbell wants to capitalize on the popularity of its V8 vegetable juices by extending the brand into soups. The V8 name, which will replace Campbell's Select Gold Label brand, will increase purchases by health-minded consumers, chief executive officer Douglas Conant told analysts. V8 soups will appeal to consumers who do not eat enough vegetables and are willing to pay more for soups to get that nutrition, executives said. - Bloomberg News
 

 

Yet another reason to eat your broccoli

A study from John Hopkins School of medicine found that broccoli can help treat a genetic skin disorder. The study "found sulforaphane, a compound found in broccoli and such other vegetables as cabbage and cauliflower, might help treat a skin-blistering disorder called epidermolysis bullosa simplex -- a rare inherited condition."

 

 

New drinks coming

Pepsi Co is getting ready to introduce its new line of Gatorade labeled G2.  This version of the sports drink will have fewer calories than the original Gatorade.  It should be in store in December and will come in three flavors: fruit punch, grape and orange. Pepsi also announced Propel Invigorating Water which will have caffeine and vitamins. It is also reformulating is SoBe Life water with antioxidants, vitamins and fewer calories.

 

 

Speaking of chips

That energy drink not doing enough to get you off the couch? How about an energy potato chip? Golden Enterprises, the maker of Golden Flake Snacks, has develop the first "energy" potato chip. The NRG Phoenix Fury Potato chips are shipping to stores now. The chips contain caffeine, b-vitamins and good old taurine. (can you trust an ingredient that has the word urine in it? j/k)

 

 

Happy Birthday to the potato chip!

"It is believed that the original potato chip recipe was created by Native American chef George Crum at the Moon Lake Lodge in Saratoga Springs, NY, on August 24, 1853. Fed up with a customer who continued to send his fried potatoes back, claiming they were too thick and soggy, Crum decided to slice the potatoes so thinly that they couldn't be eaten with a fork. The customer was delighted, and the chips became a regular item on the lodge's menu."

 

 

Anheuser-Busch has rolled out three fruit-flavored versions of its Michelob Ultra brand. The three flavors - Pomegranate Raspberry, Lime Cactus and Tuscan Orange Grapefruit - will be available through Labor Day. They are sold in 12-bottle packs featuring all three varieties, and in single-flavor six-packs.

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news and picture courtesy of Realbeer.com

 

 

Coca-Cola issued the following press release regarding its Minute Maid brand: a new line of 100 percent orange juice products with health benefits from added nutrients and functional ingredients. The Minute Maid Enhanced Juice line includes new Minute Maid Multi-Vitamin and Minute Maid Active -- as well as new packaging for the popular Minute Maid Heart Wise variety. All three products are available now in stores nationwide. 

Responding to the needs of the health-conscious shopper, the Minute Maid Enhanced Juice line provides consumers with the functional benefits they desire:

  • Minute Maid Multi-Vitamin contains 16 essential vitamins and minerals to help consumers get nutrition along with the great Minute Maid Premium orange juice taste.
  • With 750 mg of Glucosamine HCl per 8 fl. oz. serving, Minute Maid Active helps support healthy joints.
  • Minute Maid Heart Wise is the first and only orange juice clinically proven to help reduce cholesterol.* (* Two-8 fl. oz. servings per day with meals.) An 8 fl. oz. serving contains 1 gram of naturally sourced plant sterols. Plant Sterols & Heart Disease foods containing at least 0.4g per serving of plant sterols, consumed twice a day with meals for a daily total intake of at least 0.8g, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease. A serving of Minute Maid Premium Heart Wise contains 1 gram of plant sterols. LDL Bad Cholesterol was reduced in a study of people with normal to borderline high total cholesterol who consumed 2 servings of Minute Maid Premium Heart Wise per day with meals for 8 weeks.

 

Healthy women who drank upwards of six cups of coffee per day were no more likely than abstainers to develop high blood pressure over the next decade, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Women who drank coffee occasionally or in moderation had a higher risk of developing high blood pressure than the heavy or non-coffee drinkers, reported Reuters.

 

As published in the Houston Chronicle this weekend, a Mediterranean-style diet high in olive oil and other "healthy" fats is just as good as the classic American Heart Association low-fat diet for the 8 million Americans who have suffered a heart attack and want to prevent a repeat, new research suggests.

 

The Hershey Company added Hershey's Antioxidant Milk Chocolate and Hershey's Whole Bean Chocolate to its Goodness Chocolate portfolio. These chocolates join Hershey's Extra Dark Chocolate and Hershey's Sticks brands available nationwide at mass retail, drug, grocery and specialty stores.

 

Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. is introducing a new energy drink, 180 Red, with Goji. Goji (pronounced go-gee) is a small, red berry found in Tibet. The new beverage joins two new 180 flavors as well: 180 Blue Low-Calorie and 180 Sugar-Free Orange Citrus Blast.  Following the fall 2006 introduction of 180 Blue, 180 Blue Low-Calorie has a subtly sweet berry and grape flavor obtained from red grape, blueberry and the Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) berry, a small, dark-purple fruit from the palmberry tree. The Acai usually grows in the Amazonian jungles in Brazil, where it is harvested.

 

Purple grape juice could help combat major illnesses such as heart disease and cancer, according to a study at Glasgow University, which measured levels of antioxidants. Purple concord grape juice had by far the highest levels and range of phenolic antioxidants, which are found in plants. The juice contained the same level of these compounds as are found in Beaujolais red wine, reported TheLondonNews.net.

 

Drinking a small amount of wine appears to extend men�s life expectancy by a few years, Dutch researchers said Wednesday in the latest study to find benefits in moderate drinking.  Unlike other studies on health effects of alcohol consumption, this one sought to measure any extension in life expectancy, the researchers said. The study found that men who drank wine had a life expectancy 3.8 years longer than those who drank no alcohol.

 

Some cocoa improves blood flow in the brain

Ingredient in chocolate could help fight off dementia, research suggests

A nice cup of the right kind of cocoa could hold the promise of promoting brain function as people age.  In an increasingly aging world, medical researchers are seeing more cases of dementia and are looking for ways to make brains work better.  One potential source of help may be flavanols, an antioxidant found in cocoa beans that can increase blood flow to the brain, researchers said Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

 

 

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