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Coke to place calorie details on front of products

BY Melissa Valliant

ATLANTA In an effort to help consumers control their calorie intake, Coca-Cola North America announced today it will be placing calories-per-serving and servings-per-container details on the front of all of their products’ packages beginning next year.

This is the same information that has always been available on the Nutrition Facts panel on the back of Coke, Sprite, Minute Maid, etc. However, now the facts are to be placed front-and-center, allowing consumers to quicklyview the information and make an informed decision about their daily total calorie intake.

“We listen to what consumers tell us they want, respond creatively and encourage everyone to make informed decisions about what they drink, choices that reflect a sense of balance and moderation,” said Celeste Bottorff, vice president of Living Well. “It’s part of our Live Positively philosophy.”

Coca-Cola’s labeling efforts mark another step in its “Live Positively” plan, a consumer-focused program that improves products and packaging in an environmentally friendly and healthy way.

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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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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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