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New Winn Dixie software credits eligible purchases to FSA, HSA

BY Michael Johnsen

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Winn-Dixie May 16 announced the grocery chain would employ upgraded software will make it easier for customers to credit appropriate over-the-counter and prescription medicines to their flexible-spending or health-savings accounts by identifying eligible products, charging them directly to the person’s FSA or HSA account, and then automatically subtracting that amount from the total owed for all other purchases

Formerly, customers using HSA/FSA cards to purchase these items had to pay for them at the pharmacy and then go to the regular checkout lanes to pay for the remainder of their items.

“This is all about making the shopping experience better for our customers,” stated Robin Miller, Winn-Dixie’s director of communications. “This service enhancement also provides a separate listing and total cost of qualifying purchases on the register receipt, which is helpful for many customers. We are very pleased to be able to offer this added convenience, especially in these challenging economic times.”

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Unilever touts efficacy of new appetite-suppressing milkshake

BY Alaric DeArment

GENEVA Unilever has developed a new appetite suppressant that traps the gas from food to create the feeling of satiety, the company announced Wednesday.

Research showed the suppressant, which comes in the form of a milkshake-like drink, is more effective than Unilever’s Slim-Fast drinks.

Researchers tested the drink on 24 subjects at breakfast, giving one group the new drink and the other group the regular Slim-Fast drink. Subjects given the new drink responded that they felt fuller at different intervals over the four-hour test.

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IdeaVillage introduces SlimShots dietary supplement aid

BY Michael Johnsen

WAYNE, N.J. IdeaVillage Products on Wednesday announced the launch of its SlimShots, a dietary supplement diet aid formulated with the European weight management emulsion Fabuless.

Fabuless is a patented blend of natural oat and palm extracts in water. “It is believed that the emulsion is digested at a slower rate than typical foods, allowing it to penetrate deeply into the last part of the intestinal system, the ileum,” stated Ron Boger, executive vice president of SlimShots. “At this stage of digestion, satiety hormones are released and the brain receives a message of fullness. This mechanism, called the ‘ileal brake,’ is what helps you eat less,” he said.

“All too often, people deprive themselves of food, lose weight, but then revert to the eating habits that caused their weight gain,” stated Ron Boger, executive vice president of SlimShots. “Repeated weight loss and weight regain takes a toll on a person physically and mentally. With SlimShots, the individual simply eats less and can do so on day one of using the product, enabling a more effortless weight management and the breaking of the ‘yo-yo’ effect.”

In a double blind, placebo-controlled clinical study, participants using the Fabuless emulsion ate up to 30 percent less every day when compared with those who didn’t use the emulsion, the company reported.

Available in convenient single-shots that look like a dairy creamer, SlimShots feature a creamy liquid delivery system with a vanilla flavoring that can be taken alone or added to yogurt, cereals, meal replacement shakes, soup and even coffee. With a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $39.99 for a 30-shot supply, SlimShots is recommended for breakfast and four hours later, with lunch, if desired.

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