Natural food news briefs
Consumers want food made in the USA
A whopping 85 percent of Americans feel better about buying food produced in the United States than overseas, and believe locally grown food is healthier than food shipped from across the country, according to a new poll released by the Iowa State University Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. This "reconfirms that consumers have more concerns about the global food system than they do about the U.S. [system]," said Rich Pirog, deputy director of the Leopold Center and co-author of a paper about the study's results.
Low-GI breakfast controls kids' calorie consumption
Children may eat fewer calories throughout the day if their morning meal is low on the glycemic index, new research suggests. Previous studies have found that high-GI foods can contribute to diabetes, heart disease and weight gain, and that limiting these foods may help with weight control. A study published in the September issue of the British Journal of Nutrition found that kids who ate a low-GI breakfast—such as oatmeal, all-bran cereal or soy bread with low-sugar jam—consumed an average of 60 fewer calories during the rest of the day. Study authors theorized that the children felt fuller for a longer period when they ate low-GI foods versus high-GI foods.
It sounds too good to be true: Innovative Life Sciences has created a chocolate bar that can help those with type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol. The bar's special ingredient, CM-X, is a combination of cinnamon and bitter melon, which the company claims can lower blood sugar and cholesterol, as well as help consumers maintain proper portion control. A com?pany spokesman says the product is the only sugar-free or low-calorie snack that offers this cinnamon-bitter melon combination.
Stress relief in a (milk) bottle
Think your shoppers are feeling so frazzled that they'll fork over 43 bucks for a carton of milk? That's what a Japanese dairy company is hoping for. Tokyo-based Nakazawa Foods launched "Adult Milk" last month, which will be marketed to those living in a "stressful society," said a company spokesman in a statement. The pricey milk—5,000 yen for a quart-size bottle, which is nearly 30 times more expensive than conventional milk in Japan—is taken from cows once a week at dawn, when they discharge the most melatonin, a stress-relieving hormone. The company claims it contains up to four times as much melatonin as conventional milk. —M.R.
Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVIII/number 11/p. 26