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MyFoodMyHealth launches Web site to help manage meals, wellness

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK MyFoodMyHealth on Tuesday launched myfoodmyhealth.com, a food and wellness Web site that provides healthy meal plans, flavorful recipes and online tools designed especially for individuals and families who have multiple health conditions or allergies.

The new site enables users to enter health concerns—diabetes, high cholesterol or wheat allergy, for example—then uses a proprietary algorithm to find recipes and create meal plans that address all of the special dietary requirements.

“Life becomes significantly more complicated if you are one of the millions of people who must deal with dietary restrictions due to health conditions,” said Caroline Nation, founder of MyFoodMyHealth. “We designed our website to simplify that process and to shift the focus from what you can’t eat to what you can eat and enjoy.”

The MyFoodMyHealth website provides information and online tools, including:

• A weekly online meal planner that automatically generates menus tailored for a family’s health and dietary needs;

• weekly shopping lists, pantry basics and online shopping resources; and

• health and nutritional information for specific health conditions.

“Over the last 30 years, I have learned about the tremendous power of food to influence our emotional and physical health, both from personal experience and from studying nutritional science,” said Susan Lord, chief medical advisor for MyFoodMyHealth. “This web site is designed to support healthy eating within the context of our busy lives. It provides the information you need to easily adopt new menus that not only address your specific health concerns, but are so delicious you will want to eat this way.”

At launch, the MyFoodMyHealth service supports multiple health conditions, including acne, arthritis, asthma, candidiasis, celiac, depression, diabetes, eczema, fatigue, gout, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hypothyroid, osteoporosis, pre- and post-chemotherapy and radiation, psoriasis, recently quit drinking, recently quit smoking, and stress. The service also takes into consideration food allergies so families can share meals together safely.

The unique algorithm employed by MyFoodMyHealth can eliminate recipes with common food allergens including almonds, chicken, chili pepper, corn, crab, eggs, gluten, milk, oats, peanuts, sesame seed/oil, shrimp, soy, spinach, strawberries, tomatoes and wheat. Health information and sample recipes are available at no charge on MyFoodMyHealth and the recipe and meal planning service is available by subscription.

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NutraSweet to release stevia-based sweetener

BY Melissa Valliant

CHICAGO NutraSweet Co., maker of aspartame-based sugar substitutes, is hopping on the bandwagon of manufacturers that are creating introducing a stevia-based sweetener called NutraSweet Natural sometime this year.

Coca-Cola’s Truvia and Pepsi’s PureVia have already been approved by the FDA; Truvia will be used in a line of Sprite, while PureVia will be incorporated in three new SoBe Lifewater flavors.

Stevia is the generic name for a plant native to Paraguay and has been used as sweeteners for coffee, among other food products. Cargill began marketing packets of Truvia last May. The natural sweetener delivers a kick 200 times sweeter than sugar and is produced through a process in which the leaves are picked, dried and added to water.

NutraSweet Natural will be a food service industry product and is currently being created in NutraSweet’s Chicago laboratory.

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New Special K cereal and snack offer less calories for the weight-conscious consumer

BY Melissa Valliant

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. Surveys say that only about 8% of Americans actually end up keeping their New Year’s resolution, and Kellogg Company is introducing two new products in an effort to change this. Special K Crackers and Special K Blueberry put a dent in appetites without putting consumers a step behind on their weight loss plans.

Ninety percent of women crave snacks during the day, often in the afternoon.

With only 90 calories for every 17 crackers, Special K Crackers provide the crunch women crave in an afternoon snack without the guilt. The crackers are Special K?s first-ever snack and offer 8 g of whole grains in every 8-oz.pantry pack. The snack is available in Tomato & Herb and Multi-Grain flavors.  

A November study from The General Mills Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition in Minneapolis reported that eating cereal for breakfast may help manage people?s weight and encourage a more healthy eating regimen throughout the day. According to Kellogg, Special K Blueberry Cereal with skim milk, fruit and black coffee totals less than 250 calories. The cereal combines crunchy rice, whole-wheat and blueberry flavored flakes with oat and blueberry flavored clusters.

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