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Healthier Product Choices Available to Consumers

Healthier Product Choices Available to Consumers
More than 30,000 healthier product choices have been made available to consumers between 2002 and 2013, according to the 2014 Health & Wellness Survey released yesterday by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA). The new choices represent an additional 10,000 in just the last four years. "Consumers want to eat better and they want to do so in a way that fits their lifestyles. The 2014 GMA Health & Wellness Survey demonstrates that the industry has responded to this need in a significant way. America's food and beverage companies have made available to consumers thousands of new and reformulated product choices that are less in calories, fats, sugar, and sodium to help them build healthy diets for themselves and their families," said GMA president and CEO Pamela G. Bailey. The 2014 GMA Health & Wellness Survey data was collected and analyzed by Georgetown Economic Services. Sixty-nine companies, representing more than half of US...
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US Moms Agree: Food and Happiness Go Hand-in-Hand

US Moms Agree: Food and Happiness Go Hand-in-Hand
Many ingredients are actively engaging in new conversations, and moms agree, food and happiness go hand-in-hand. Moms are making informed decisions about food in order to help their families lead better lives. Leading food ingredient company, Chr. Hansen, Natural Colors Division, commissioned the "Thought for Food" survey to learn what US moms look for in food labels and to gauge their perceptions of natural ingredients. While moms rely on personal insight gained from Google searches, news segments, and social media discussions, most of their purchasing choices are made by reading food labels.  "One significant outcome from the survey found 83 percent of respondents wish there were more naturally derived food offerings from US food companies. This insight drives product development to help our customers meet consumer needs," said Mary Bentley, senior vice president of color sales and commercial development, Natural Colors Division, Chr. Hansen. "It's also interesting to note 80 percent...
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All About Rooibos Tea

All About Rooibos Tea
  Rooibos is a plant native to South Africa; its name translates from Afrikaans to English literally as “red bush.” It has a sweet, nutty flavor. In addition to using the plant as a drink and tea, it is also used for cooking and baking, and in some cosmetics to promote healthy skin. WHAT ROOIBOS TEA DOES Africans have used rooibos for centuries—the plant contains high amounts of antioxidants and minerals, including iron, calcium, zinc, and magnesium. Rooibos is also effective in treating skin ailments. Recent studies have shown that because of rooibos’ high levels of zinc, alpha-hydroxy, and superoxide dismutases, it’s a particularly effective treatment for acne both when taken orally and applied topically. Rooibos is also known for its calming properties to help promote relaxation and a good night’s sleep, but it won’t make you drowsy during the day. THE SIDE EFFECTS OF ROOIBOS TEA People with liver or kidney disease...
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A Healthy Diet Equals Healthy Aging

A Healthy Diet Equals Healthy Aging
Candida albicans  is a common fungus that is usually harmless, living in small quantities on your skin and mucous membranes. When the human immune system is disrupted—due to disease or antibiotic use, for example— Candida populations can skyrocket out of control, causing dangerous fungal infections. So why should healthy adults worry about this ubiquitous little fungus? Recent studies have shown that the meat-intensive, white-flour-packed diet many of us eat can turn our digestive systems into breeding grounds for Candida —and too much of it can cause chronic pain, irritable bowel syndrome, fatigue, weight gain and other health issues.  Author Sondra Forsyth explores the problem of Candida overgrowth in her new book, Candida Cleanse: The 21-Day Diet to Beat Yeast and Feel Your Best , and offers these suggestions for restoring your system to a healthy balance through the foods you eat: A Healthy Diet Equals Healthy Aging Let me tell you...
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