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5@5: Better diets help manage chronic health conditions | Discount retailers see fast growth

Each day at 5 p.m. we collect the five top food and supplement headlines of the day, making it easy for you to catch up on today's most important natural products industry news.

Food can help control some chronic health conditions, in some cases eliminating the need for drugs

It’s been scientifically proven that food can help manage chronic health conditions, but few of the 60% of Americans who have at least one construct their diets in a way that supports healing. Nutrition services aren’t always covered by health insurance either, but support groups and access to online health resources can help patients change their habits in a way that becomes self-reinforcing after results begin showing. Read more at The Washington Post

Why discount stores are one of fastest-growing retail sectors

Discount retail stores are growing at a significantly faster rate than other retail environments, in part because companies like Aldi and Dollar General “can capitalize on untapped markets in more rural areas—with fewer people—and open low-margin locations.” Analysts suspect that the 2008 financial crisis also plays a large role in American consumers’ penchant for money-saving chains and private labels. Read more at Modern Retail

Acclaimed chefs are turning to 100-mile dinners to showcase local food and wine

A concept called the 100-mile dinner restricts ingredients to those sourced within a 100-mile radius of a given restaurants, helping local farms and supporting a more environmentally sustainable food system as a result. The participation of several acclaimed chefs underscores the fact that the locavore movement is only getting stronger as concerns about where food comes from and its ethical implications rise among consumers. Read more at Fortune

Pizza Hut is testing Zume’s compostable round boxes

Pizza Hut today revealed plans to pilot a compostable pizza box from packaging startup Zume. The box will be trialed in just one location in Phoenix, Arizona, and will be accompanied by a limited-edition plant-based sausage topping by MorningStar. Read more at Tech Crunch

Fast-food chains heat up breakfast fight

Consumers continue to swap cereal for protein-heavy breakfasts at fast-food restaurants such as Wendy’s. However, as competition increases in the space, chains are fighting to retain consumer loyalty using tactics such as new menu options and special promotions. Read more at The Wall Street Journal

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