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Pasta sauce brand gets approval from two health magazines

BY Allison Cerra

TIPTON, Pa. La Famiglia DelGrosso pasta sauce has gained recognition from Men’s Health and Women’s Health magazines.

The brand’s sauces were named one of the “125 Best Food for Men” by Men’s Health and also received a “125 Best Packaged Food” award from Women’s Health. Chef John’s tomato basil masterpiece, the Men’s Health winner, is made with whole imported San Marzano plum tomatoes and fragrant basil. One serving of the pasta sauce is only 70 calories and contains 1 g of protein, 8 g of carbs, 2 g of fiber and 4 g of fat.

Meanwhile, the Women’s Health winner, Uncle Joe’s vodka celebration sauce, is made with Uncle Joe’s signature combination of whole, peeled imported Italian plum tomatoes, imported pecorino Romano cheese and a sprinkling of crushed red pepper flakes, which rounds out the flavor with a subtle kick. A one cup serving boasts 90 calories, 6 g of fat (2 g of saturated fat), 8 g of carbs, 430 mg of sodium, 2 g of fiber and 2 g of protein.

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Brand of cheese sold at Costco linked to E. coli infections

BY Alaric DeArment

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — A brand of cheese sold at Costco stores has been linked to E. coli infections in five states, the mass merchandise chain, the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Thursday.

The three said that customers should not eat Bravo Farms Dutch Style Gouda (pronounced “GHOW-duh”) cheese offered for sale and at cheese-sampling events at Costco Wholesale stores, and that customers who have purchased it should not eat it. As of Thursday, 25 people in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and California had been infected.

Most people with E. coli develop diarrhea and stomach cramps and recover within a week, but some may develop more severe infections, and rare cases of a type of kidney failure known as hemolytic uremic syndrome can occur.

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Study finds beet juice could improve blood flow to brain, safeguard against dementia

BY Alaric DeArment

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. A daily dose of beet juice may increase blood flow to the brain and keep the mind sharp, possibly helping to stave off dementia later in life, according to a new study.

Researchers at Wake Forest University found that beet juice is rich in nitrate, which the body converts into nitrite, a substance that helps open up blood vessels and improve blood flow. Nitrates also occur at high levels in celery, cabbage, spinach and some kinds of lettuce.

“One of the great things about nitrite is that it seems to head straight for the places that need more oxygen supplied by increased blood flow,” Wake Forest University Department of Health and Exercise Science professor and study investigator Gary Miller said in a statement. “I think these results are consistent and encouraging — that good diet consisting of a lot of fruits and vegetables can contribute to overall good health.”

Results of the study were published online in Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry, the peer-reviewed journal of the Nitric Oxide Society.

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