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Skinny Water hits Big Y shelves

BY Allison Cerra

BALA CYNWYD, Pa. A zero-calorie enhanced water brand will be available at 55 Big Y Foods in Massachusetts and Connecticut this month.

Skinny Water currently is available at Safeway stores nationwide. The addition of Big Y increased the total retail store count to 7,079 stores nationwide, up from approximately 4,200 retail outlets at year’s end 2009.

The Skinny Water lineup features nine great-tasting flavors, containing key electrolytes, antioxidants and vitamins, and has zero calories, sugar and sodium, and no preservatives, with all-natural colors and flavors, according to the company.

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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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