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Almonds may curb Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease

BY Michael Johnsen

MODESTO, Calif. — A recent scientific study showed that incorporating almonds into a person’s diet can help treat and possibly prevent Type 2 diabetes, as well as cardiovascular disease, the Almond Board of California announced Wednesday.

The study, published in the June 2010 Journal of the American College of Nutrition illustrated that consuming a diet rich in almonds may help improve insulin sensitivity and decrease LDL-cholesterol levels in those with pre-diabetes.

"We have made great strides in chronic disease research, from evidence of effective treatment to evidence of effective prevention," stated Michelle Wien, assistant research professor in nutrition at Loma Linda University’s School of Public Health and principal investigator of the study. "It is promising for those with risk factors for chronic diseases — such as Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease — that dietary changes may help to improve factors that play a potential role in the disease development."

The study looked at the effects of consuming an almond-enriched diet as it relates to the progression of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease in adults with pre-diabetes. After 16 weeks of consuming either an almond-enriched or regular diet, both of which were in line with American Diabetes Association recommendations, the group that consumed an almond-enriched diet showed significantly improved LDL cholesterol levels and measures of insulin sensitivity, risk factors for heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

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Beech-Nut and Disney’s toddler line features Winnie the Pooh characters

BY DSN STAFF

GLENDALE, Calif., and AMSTERDAM, N.Y. — Beech-Nut and Disney Consumer Products have teamed up to unite nutritious foods with characters that toddlers love.

Beech-Nut’s new line of products feature Winnie the Pooh characters, including the namesake bear and his pals Piglet and Tigger.

The Beech-Nut toddler food is fortified with vitamins and minerals and contains valuable nutrients, fiber, whole grains, real fruit, real yogurt, real vegetables and protein. The line features meals, sides, snacks and juices including:

  • Steamies: These complete meals feature a home-style taste and texture and cook via a unique steam-cooking process. They are available in 10 different varieties;

  • Goodies: Made with Chiquita bananas and whole grains, Goodies Banana Bites offer a more nutritious choice for snack time. Goodies Mixed Fruit Nibbles come in two flavors and are made with real fruit. One serving offers 100%of the daily recommended serving of vitamin C; and

  • Juicies: These 100% juice beverages come in such flavor combinations as white grape and peach, pear blueberry and apple pomegranate; offer the benefits of antioxidant superfruits; and contain 100% of the daily recommended serving of vitamin C.

"In 2006, Disney made a commitment to meet high nutrition standards by offering a healthier portfolio of foods. The Beech-Nut toddler line is one more example of our commitment to these goals of offering ‘better for you’ foods that kids will love and parents will feel good about," said Embola Ndi, VP food, health and beauty, Disney Consumer Products.

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Rite Aid saluted for ‘Giving Care for Parents’ series

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Rite Aid recently was awarded Advertising Age’s Media Vanguard Award in the category “Best Use of Online Video for Customer Service” for its "Giving Care for Parents" original online video series.

Working with Fox Learning Systems, Rite Aid created a comprehensive library of online videos that offered advice and guidance on specific health issues, including dementia, diabetes, cancer and injuries due to falls, in similar tone and production quality to TV news show health segments, AdAge reported.

“There’s no brand hard-sell (at most, customers are offered coupon opportunities); instead, the videos underscore Rite Aid pharmacies as an authoritative source of information on caregiving and aging,” according to AdAge’s report on the award. “Remarkably, the 116-video series addresses a middle- to lower-income demographic that is typically neglected in digital marketing initiatives. … Rite Aid’s ‘Giving Care For Parents’ video series is sober, serious and utterly unflashy. Which makes it stand out all the more.”

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