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White wine discovered to be just as heart-healthy as red

BY Melissa Valliant

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.”

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Consumers less concerned with brand names when food shopping

BY Jenna Duncan

NEW YORK U.S. consumers, and many elsewhere, are not very concerned with name brands when it comes to meal planning, a food attitudes study released by Ketchum’s Global Food and Nutrition Practice recently found.

In Argentina, China, Germany, the United States and United Kingdom, 200 people from each nation were surveyed online between July through August in a food shopping attitudes survey. Results were then analyzed by Global Food and Nutrition Practice and “supermarket guru,” Phil Lempert published reports said.

The main factors that affected trends in food shopping included taste, quality and price, the report said. Except for in China, where health benefit ranked as most important.

On average, 74 percent of all consumers surveyed said taste was most important, 73 percent cited quality and 70 percent said they shop based on price.

Fifty-five percent of Americans said they choose food for health benefits compared to a little less than half of those surveyed in the U.K. and Argentina and 34 percent in Germany.  

Of all customers, those who said they do choose foods based only on brand names, were 35 percent in the United States, 24 percent in the U.K., 16 percent in Germany, 45 percent in Argentina and China.

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Petition in circulation urging FDA to consider regulation of energy drinks

BY Jenna Duncan

WASHINGTON Physicians and scientists—100 total—have joined together to back a letter sent to the Food and Drug Administration urging for examination of the high caffeine content of energy drinks, possible risks and effects on health for people, and possible regulation of the energy drink category.

Roland Griffiths, neuroscientist at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, wrote the letter which in Baltimore. The letter recommends that the FDA require drink makers to provide warning labels, limit the amount of caffeine and other stimulants added to drinks and tell the caffeine content on the can

In response to the letter, the American Beverage Association has released a statement that energy drinks with moderate amounts of caffeine shouldn’t be grouped with those “companies seeking attention and increased sales based solely on extreme names and caffeine content,” published reports said.

Five of the highly caffeinated energy drinks that were listed for examination are Amp, which contains 75 milligrams of caffeine per 8.4 ounces; Full Throttle, with 144 milligrams per 16 ounces; Monster which contains 160 milligrams per 16 ounces; Red Bull with 80 milligrams caffeine per 8.3 ounces; and Rockstar which has 160 milligrams of caffeine in every 16 ounce can.

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