White wine discovered to be just as heart-healthy as red
STORRS, Conn. When it comes to red wine, we already knew a glass or two a day helps keep the doctor away. But now a new study at the University of Connecticut has found white wine to have just as many healthbenefits. Both contain types of antioxidants that contribute to a healthy heart.
The researchers gave one group of rats white wine, another red, another water and yet another straight grain alcohol. Both the white and red wine-drinking groups suffered less damage from induced heart attacks than the other groups.
The antioxidant resveratrol, found in grape-skin, is responsible for the health benefits of red wine. Because white wine is made from the grape’s pulp, which does not contain resveratrol, it was originally thought white wine did not possess the health benefit of protecting against heart disease and cancer. However, other chemicals in white wine protect mitochondria, the part of cells that supplies energy. The groups of rats given wine were discovered to have healthier mitochondria.
According to molecular biologist Dipak Das, “We can safely say that one or two glasses of white wine per day acts exactly like red wine.”
Danone food manufacturer reports sales totals for Q3
PARIS Danone, international maker and distributor of dairy products, baby foods and other food items, has reported an increase of its by 8.3 percent for the third quarter.
The company said that its dairy business experienced growth of 8.2 percent in the third quarter and also saw a growth in volumes. Medical nutrition surpassed expectations by gorwing by 11.7 percent, the company said. Danone’s bottled water sales grew by 3.7 percent for the third quarter. The company attributed the slow spot to challenges in Western Europe. Danone’s strongest category was in baby nutrition, which grew 12.7 percent in the third quarter 2008.
“With a sales growth of 8.3 percent, the performance of the Group in the third quarter was solid and satisfactory and allows us to confirm our targets for 2008,” Franck Riboud, chairman and chief executive officer of Groupe Danone said. “This performance again reflects the relevance of the business lines we have chosen to be in and the geographic priorities we have set. It also shows the ability of our teams to adapt quickly to changing consumption patterns and markets. Our financial strength, competitive advantages and our unique culture provide us confidence in our ability to cope with this phase of difficult economic circumstances that we have entered.”
Higher prices for Halloween items could sting shoppers, reports say
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. The Nielsen Company has reported that the prices of Halloween products from candy and costumes to dress-up hair color have all gone up, which could prompt some shoppers to pinch pennies this season.
Compared to a year ago, prices of chocolate candy are up on average 4.2 percent per package to $4.22, candy overall is up 2.9 percent to $3.59, false eyelashes and accessories are up by 9.5 percent to $3.91 and fake nails and nail decorations are up 3.2 percent to $4.58 per package. Halloween products for coloring hair coloring were up the most to an average of $4.42—a 126 percent increase over the average price last year which was $2.46.
Sources have said the high prices could cause consumers to scale back their costumes and decorations. Candy sales projections, however, have predicted that Americans will spend more than $1.9 billion on candy for Halloween, which breaks down to about $1.2 billion on chocolate and about $672 million in non-chocolate candy sales reports said.