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Veggie ice cream
The wife of British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has developed a range of vegetable ice cream recipes designed to tempt fussy children. Ice Greens come in broccoli, carrot, pea, lettuce, yellow pepper and tomato flavours, and combine vegetables with savoury flavourings and cheeses such as mascarpone and ricotta. Tana Ramsay, who has four children, said she concocted the recipes to make vegetables more appetising. The recipes were commissioned by UKTV Food and are available through the channel.

7-Eleven gets functional US convenience store franchise
7-Eleven has launched a line of functional foods and beverages called Formula 7, which includes bottled and canned beverages and two nutritional bars. Fortified with vitamins, minerals, herbs, antioxidants and amino acids, the products are aimed at the energy and sports market.

Chromium earns claim
The Food and Drug Administration begrudgingly approved a qualified health claim that recognises chromium picolinate as a safe nutritional supplement that may reduce the risk of insulin resistance and possibly type 2 diabetes.

In a letter to Nutrition 21, which petitioned the FDA for the move, the agency stated, ?One small study suggests that chromium picolinate may reduce the risk of insulin resistance, and therefore possibly may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. FDA concludes, however, that the existence of such a relationship between chromium picolinate and either insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes is highly uncertain.?

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