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Delicious Living

Cheese And Spinach Tartlets

Cheese And Spinach Tartlets
October, 2002

Makes 36 / These rich little mouthfuls are a special treat and make a wonderful addition to any tapas menu. Spanish Cabrales cheese is considered by some to be the pinnacle of all blue cheeses. Both Cabrales and its substitute, Manchego, are relatively easy to find in good grocery stores. If you're feeling decadent, substitute heavy cream for the fat-free half-and-half.

2 tablespoons chopped almonds
9 slices firm white bread
3/4-1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 cup fat-free half-and-half
10 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
3/4 cup crumbled Cabrales cheese or shredded Manchego cheese (about 3 ounces)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1. Preheat oven to 400°. Lightly oil 3/4-inch-wide mini muffin cups. Toast almonds by placing in a small, dry skillet over medium heat; stir until golden, about 5 minutes.
2. With a 1-1/2-inch cookie cutter, cut out 36 rounds from bread. Place rounds on a cookie sheet and bake until just pale gold, turning once, about 5 minutes. Gently press toasted rounds into the bottom of mini-muffin cups and set aside.
3. Dissolve cornstarch in half-and-half. In a medium bowl combine half-and-half, spinach, cheese, salt, pepper, and nutmeg until blended. Spoon cheese mixture into bread cups; sprinkle each with almonds.
4. Bake until filling is set, about 15 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool slightly. Serve warm. The baked tartlets may be frozen in a tightly covered container. To reheat, place frozen tartlets on a pan in a 400° oven until hot, about 10 minutes.

Calories 40,Fat 2,Perfat 31,Cholesterol 2,Carbo 5,Protein 2

Spanish Gold

Considering that Spain has 19 olive oil-producing regions and provides more olive oil than any other country in Europe, it's not surprising to find this to be an essential ingredient in tapas. The golden liquid extracted from the fruit of the olive tree has been the basis of Mediterranean cooking since biblical times. Olive oil is just as popular in today's kitchen as it was in the age of the Greek and Roman empires and is certainly more widely used. Apart from the range of delicate and suggestive flavors it can add to almost any dish, olive oil is an excellent source of monounsaturated fat, which helps lower LDL (bad) cholesterol while maintaining HDL (good) cholesterol. It is also an important source of vitamin E, which researchers believe reduces the risk of coronary heart disease, some types of cancer, and arthritis.


Delicious Living

October 1, 2002

New Product From Living Essentials Nips Wine Headaches in the Bud

Survey of women shows demand for a safe supplement that prevents pain from drinking wine

WALLED LAKE, Mich., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Living Essentials, a biotech consumer products company, today announced the availability of Chaser for Wine Headaches, an all-natural, calcium-based supplement that helps prevent headaches caused by wine. Taken while drinking, Chaser's calcium-based formula absorbs elements in wine that cause headaches. The supplement's ingredients have achieved the FDA's GRAS safety rating (GRAS).

To find out more about the wine drinking habits of women, Chaser for Wine Headaches commissioned the Women & Wine Survey. The survey, sent to 1,400 women across the United States, asked questions about women's wine consumption and purchasing habits, preferences, and wine headaches. Nearly 700 women completed the survey.

Majority of Women Prefer Wine but Suffer from Wine Headaches

According to the survey, 97% of respondents said they enjoyed drinking wine, and 52% stated that wine was their first choice when ordering or buying an alcoholic beverage. Despite this preference for wine, 77% said they experience headaches during or after drinking wine. Of those who get wine headaches, 45% typically treat their wine headaches by taking aspirin or acetaminophen while another 45% typically treat their wine headaches by drinking a lot of water.

Survey results also showed that 88% of women said they would try a product that prevents wine headaches. When asked about the most important factors of such a product, women ranked product safety the highest, followed by FDA- approved ingredients and recommendation from a friend.

"These results clearly demonstrate the need among women for a safe product that prevents wine headaches," said Tom Morse, president of Living Essentials. "Chaser for Wine Headaches was developed specifically as a safe, all-natural preventative that has other health benefits because of its calcium-based components," he said.

Chaser for Wine Headaches Provides Safe Prevention

Chaser is comprised of activated calcium carbonate, an ingredient found in calcium supplements and antacids, and activated charcoal, a common detoxifier used in hospitals. The product interrupts the development of wine headaches by attracting and absorbing congener molecules, natural byproducts of the fermentation process that give wine and other alcoholic beverages flavor, aroma and color. When congeners enter the bloodstream they trigger the release of cytokines which are proteins that cause inflammation and lead to headache, body ache and nausea.

"Women need to be aware of the dangers of mixing aspirin or acetaminophen with wine or other types of alcohol. When taken with alcohol, aspirin can cause severe stomach irritation or even stomach bleeding. Acetaminophen can cause liver toxicity or even liver failure," said Morse. "Chaser for Wine Headaches is an effective and safe alternative to preventing wine headaches," he said.

Women Wield Wine Purchasing Power

The survey also showed that 77% of women make the majority of wine purchasing decisions for their households. A friend's recommendation was the most important factor when deciding which wines to buy (54%), followed by price (20%) and recommendation from a newspaper or magazine (14%). Most women spend $11-$15 per bottle (53%), and agree with the common stereotype that a woman holding a glass of wine is "sophisticated and sexy" (76%). When it comes to taste and color, 47% prefer red wine while 38% prefer white. Most women enjoy wine one to two nights per week (51%).

Chaser is available in select GNC stores nationwide or by calling 1-888-960-9495 or visiting .

About Chaser for Wine Headaches

Chaser for Wine Headaches is a safe, all-natural product that prevents wine headaches. Chaser's ingredients, activated calcium carbonate and vegetable carbon, have received the FDA's highest safety rating, GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe). Chaser works in the stomach to attract and absorb headache-causing elements before they reach the bloodstream. Please visit for more information.

About Living Essentials

Living Essentials, located in Walled Lake, Michigan, is a biotech consumer products company that was formed to develop proven healthcare technologies and create brands and distribution around them.

Leading Brands, Inc. Announces Launch of Pez 100% Juice at National Association of Convenience Stores Convention in Orlando, Florida, October 5, 6 & 7, 2002

VANCOUVER, British Columbia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 1, 2002-- Leading Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ: LBIX) (TSX: LBI), Canada's largest independent, fully integrated brand management company, announces that it will launch its highly anticipated Pez(R) 100% Juice(TM) brand at the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Convention in Orlando, Florida on October 5, 6 and 7, 2002.

LBI Brands President, Dave Read, stated, "There could be no better opportunity for us to introduce this exciting new brand to our customers than at the NACS Convention this weekend. The Convention draws literally thousands of retailers from around the World to one venue for three rather intense days. We are very excited about the opportunities that we anticipate will come out of this event. Our Pez(R) 100% Juice(TM) rollout will commence immediately thereafter across the United States and Canada."

Mr. Read continued, "Our unique product combines all the fun and collectible aspects of Pez(R) with our high quality 100% juice in four flavors: Sour Apple, Sour Cherry, Strawberry and Grape. The brand will incorporate our innovative re-sealable Gualapack(TM) foil packaging - which has become a standard in Europe - and an assortment of collectible Pez(R) characters. We will initially be introducing 28 Pez(R) characters in a new format that will intrigue both long time and new collectors alike. Some of the characters that we are launching with have been out of production for many years and are highly sought after by Pez(R) aficionados.

"I invite you to take a look at a sample of the packaging on our corporate website at The 8oz (250ml) package will be available in both a single serve format for convenience stores and an eye-catching three pack for grocery and mass merchandising channels. We will shortly be unveiling a new website to support the brand at," concluded Mr. Read.

Leading Brands Chairman and CEO Ralph McRae added, "Pez(R) 100% Juice(TM) is representative of our efforts to deliver products that are both innovative and good for you. Parents will be drawn to Pez(R) 100% Juice(TM) because of its high quality and nutritional value and their children will be excited to see it in their lunch boxes because it tastes great and is also a lot of fun. No more Moms worrying about their kids throwing away boring old juice boxes at school or staining their clothing, since Pez(R) 100% Juice(TM) not only has a great package, but has a built-in, re-sealable straw to avoid spillage.

"There is also a bit of nostalgia at play here as 97% of North Americans recognize the popular brand and can introduce their children to a brand they have known and enjoyed their whole lives. We think we've got another winner here."

About Leading Brands, Inc.

Leading Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:LBIX, TSX:LBI) is the largest independent, fully integrated premium beverage company in Canada. The Company's unique Integrated Distribution System (IDS)(TM) offers turnkey, one-stop shopping to food and beverage brand owners, including manufacturing, distribution, sales/marketing and licensing. In addition, Leading Brands produces their own line of beverages such as TREK(TM), Pez(R) 100% Juices(TM), Johnny's Roadside(R) Iced Tea and Lemonade, Country Harvest(R) Juices, Caesar's(R) Bloody Caesar Cocktail, and Cool Canadian(R) Water. Leading Brands recently undertook a major expansion into the United States, with its US headquarters located in Stamford, CT. Its subsidiary, Quick, Inc. is building a home replenishment and delivery system for the new economy.

Statements in this news release that are not historical are to be regarded as forward-looking statements which are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. Such risks and uncertainties with respect to the Company's business include general economic conditions, weather conditions, changing beverage consumption trends, pricing, and the availability of raw materials and economic uncertainties, including currency.

We Build Brands(TM)
(C)2002 Leading Brands, Inc.


Shaklee Corporation Introduces a Breakthrough Hair Care System For People With Fine and Thinning Hair

New, Natural, Clinically-Proven Hair Care Line Reverses Damage, Adds Volume

PLEASANTON, Calif., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Fine and thinning hair is an increasing concern for both men and women, especially with so many factors -- stress, chemical processing, and poor nutrition -- contributing to the problem. In response to the millions of consumers looking for a way to maintain or restore their hair's vitality, Shaklee Corporation introduces ProSante(TM), a clinically proven hair care line that consists of a special scalp treatment, two shampoos, two conditioners and a finishing spray.

With common physical and environmental stresses often leaving healthy hair dull and lifeless, ProSante helps to reverse visible damage and keep hair "awake" and vital. Independent testing has shown that the ProSante line dramatically thickens hair and reduces hair loss due to breakage from combing, resulting in a thicker and fuller head of hair.

"There has been such a huge demand among women, not just men, for a solution to fine and thinning hair," said Jim Greene, Vice President of Research and Development at Shaklee Corporation. "ProSante fulfills that need and also delivers thicker and healthier hair that has more body, making it easy to manage everyday."

In clinical studies, 65 percent of users of the ProSante system experienced a reduction of hair loss during combing, 73 percent saw a reduction in the number of broken hairs and 61 percent of subjects noticed an increase in hair thickness in 90 days.

ProSante is a patent-pending system of six hair care products that each contains Scalp Health Complex(TM), a proprietary synergy of 10 vitamins, minerals and herbs to help maximize derma availability of vital nutrients and revitalize the scalp and hair. The ProSante hair care system consists of:

-- Nourishing Scalp Treatment improves the condition of the scalp to foster healthy hair growth.
-- Revitalizing Shampoo removes build-up and dirt and restores the shine and luster of naturally healthy hair.
-- Lightweight Conditioner reduces cuticle cracks, mends split ends and replenishes moisture.
-- Purifying Shampoo deeply cleanses the hair to remove build-up from styling products without stripping them of their natural moisture.
-- Replenishing Conditioner helps rebuild hair strength and elasticity with an extra boost of moisture, and restores manageability to unruly hair.
-- Long-Lasting Finishing Spray provides a natural, long-lasting hold and added UV protection without stiffening the hair.

ProSante, which is suitable for all hair types, contains a proprietary mix of ingredients that provide vital, derma-available nutrition to ensure healthy, shiny and manageable hair. The hair care system is absolutely non-stripping and safe for daily use for damaged, permed, or color-treated hair. It is clinically formulated, dermatologist and allergy tested, and contains non-irritating formulas. Shaklee does not conduct tests on animals. The product line ranges in price from $13.50 to $30.00. To find out how to order, call Shaklee at 1-800-SHAKLEE or visit

About Shaklee

Shaklee Corporation is a diversified health and wellness consumer products company that for 45 years has been developing scientifically tested, environmentally-friendly products which include nutritional and herbal supplements, personal care products, home water treatment systems and household cleaners. Founded in 1956, Shaklee is involved in all phases of its product development, from research to manufacturing, and sells directly to independent distributors throughout the U.S. The company is based in Pleasanton, California. For more information, visit

UC Berkeley study indicates promise of Chinese herbal medicine in treatment of chronic hepatitis B

Berkeley - Chinese herbal medicine combined with standard therapy may be more effective than standard therapy alone for treatment of chronic hepatitis B, according to an analysis of randomized, controlled trials led by University of California, Berkeley, researchers.

Researchers analyzed 27 clinical trials in which chronic hepatitis B patients using Chinese herbal medicine alone, or with interferon alfa, were compared with a control group of patients that were taking only interferon alfa. The protein interferon alfa is a standard treatment for hepatitis B infection. Some of its side effects include strong flu-like symptoms, fatigue and depression.

The meta-analysis, to be published Oct. 1 in the American Journal of Public Health, found that the most encouraging results came from patients who used a combination of Chinese herbal treatments and interferon alfa.

"The results are encouraging enough that, if I had chronic hepatitis B and had previously failed interferon alfa treatment, I would talk to my doctor about combining interferon alfa with Chinese herbal medicine," said Michael McCulloch, a doctoral student in epidemiology at UC Berkeley's School of Public Health and lead author of the study.

According to the World Health Organization, 2 billion people worldwide are infected with hepatitis B, 350 million of whom have the chronic form of the disease. About three-fourths of those with chronic hepatitis B live in Asia.

"There is a wealth of data about hepatitis B from researchers in Asia because the disease is endemic in that part of the world, but accessing that information has been - and still is - difficult because few of those studies are published in English-language journals," said McCulloch, who is also a research fellow at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing.

McCulloch, who earned his bachelor's degree in Chinese studies at UC Berkeley, searched through six databases of medical literature, including clinical trials data published in Chinese-language journals.

The ingredients in the herbal treatments included mixtures of plant and root extracts, and they varied from study to study. Two of the 27 studies specifically looked at bufotoxin, an extract from the skin of the toad Bufo gargarizans. Another two studied kurorinone, an extract from the root of the plant Sophorae flavescentis.

The authors only included trials in which patients used Chinese herbal medicine alone or with interferon alfa and were then compared with a control group using only interferon alfa at least three times per week. The studies were required to include data on at least one of three markers of infection: levels of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg) and hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA. All three measures indicate an active infection.

Overall, Chinese herbal medicine combined with interferon alfa was 1.5 to 2 times as effective as interferon alfa alone in reducing the hepatitis B viral load to undetectable levels for all three measures of infection. In particular, bufotoxin combined with interferon alfa was significantly more effective than interferon alfa alone in measures of HBeAg and HBV DNA, but not for measures of the surface antigen. Kurorinone was nearly as effective as interferon alfa in the two studies that tested it.

For measures of the surface antigen, patients receiving herbal treatment alone performed twice as well as those receiving only interferon alfa. The results did not differ significantly between the two groups for measures of HBeAg or HBV DNA.

"Bufotoxin and kurorinone have been singled out as having the best potential for being investigated for drugs," said McCulloch, a licensed acupuncturist for 16 years. "However, it may be that the key to the way these herbal therapies work is by acting together as a group. That's one of the great challenges in studying herbal treatments, yet it is one of the most fascinating aspects of Chinese medicines. These particular mixtures are a distillation of centuries of clinical use."

The investigators also showed that the quality of the studies left much room for improvement. Many of the studies had incomplete information on how patients were randomized, and "blinding" of patients and doctors to the type of treatment administered did not occur in most of the studies.

"We cannot make firm conclusions about the use of Chinese herbal medicines based upon the results from these clinical trials," said Dr. Jack Colford, associate professor of epidemiology at UC Berkeley's School of Public Health and senior researcher for the study. "But the findings revealed by this analysis certainly justify additional investigation of these herbal therapies in more rigorous trials."


Other co-authors of the study are Michael Broffman, co-founder with McCulloch of the Pine Street Clinic in San Anselmo; and Dr. Jin Gao, senior researcher and director of the Institute of Biophysics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Taking The Index To The Table

While proponents of the glycemic index suggest choosing foods with a low rating to help keep blood sugar low, there are some exceptions, such as fruits and vegetables, which supply crucial nutrients. Check out the GI ratings of these common foods (approximately one serving each); some may surprise you.

Apple juice




Bagel, white


Pizza, cheese


Carrots, cooked


Rice, brown




Rice, white




Rice cakes




Rice pasta, brown




Semolina bread


French baguette


Soy milk




Spaghetti, protein-enriched


Macaroni and cheese


Sweet potato


Milk, skim


Water crackers




Wheat bread, high-fiber


Oatmeal cookies


White potato, boiled




Yogurt, low-fat, sweetened





Inverness Medical Innovations to Join USP's DSVP Program

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) is pleased to announce that Waltham, Mass.-based Inverness Medical Innovations Inc. will participate in USP's Dietary Supplement Verification Program (DSVP). Inverness Medical Innovations, a leading provider of women's health and nutritional products and developer of advanced medical device technologies, will become the third company to join USP's DSVP program. It will submit several of its private label brands through the DSVP certification process.

"We are very pleased to have Inverness Medical Innovations participate in the DSVP program," said John T. Fowler, senior vice president and chief operating officer at USP. "As a leading producer of women's health and nutritional products, Inverness Medical Innovations understands the need for USP's verification program. By earning and placing the DSVP certification mark on an Inverness Medical dietary supplement label, the company will provide consumers with guidance when purchasing a dietary supplement."

"We have always been a manufacturer obsessed with quality, and the prospect of partnering with USP to further ensure the quality of our products has us very excited," said John Yonkin, vice president of sales and marketing at Inverness Medical.

The DSVP program was launched in November 2001 to help inform and safeguard the growing number of consumers who use dietary supplements. The program responds to the need to assure the public that dietary supplement products contain the ingredients stated on the product label. If a product submitted to DSVP meets USP's rigorous standards, it will be awarded the USP-DSVP certification mark. The mark helps assure consumers, health care professionals, and supplement retailers that a product:

-- Contains the declared ingredients on the product label;
-- Contains the amount or strength of ingredients declared on the product label;
-- Meets requirements for limits on potential contaminants; and
-- Has been manufactured properly by complying with USP and proposed FDA standards for "good manufacturing practices" (GMPs).

Any Inverness Medical Innovations product that is submitted for verification and meets DSVP's criteria will be granted the use of the DSVP certification mark for display on the product's label.

It is anticipated that those Inverness Medical Innovations nutritional products being submitted for certification will start carrying the DSVP certification mark in January 2003. The company's nutritional products are widely distributed to consumers through established distribution networks such as food, drug and mass merchandise retailers.

USP--The Standard of Quality

USP is a non-government organization that promotes the public health by establishing state-of-the-art standards to ensure the quality of medicines and other health care technologies. These standards are developed by a unique process of public involvement and are recognized worldwide. In addition, USP has public health programs that focus on promoting optimal health care, including the Dietary Supplement Verification Program (DSVP), Health Care Information, and Patient Safety. USP is a not-for-profit organization that achieves its goals through the contributions of volunteers representing pharmacy, medicine, and other health care professions, as well as science, academia, government, the pharmaceutical industry, and consumer organizations. For more information, visit

Sherrie Borden
[email protected]

ZonePerfect Nutrition Company Will Introduce Five New Bar Flavors At the Natural Products Expo East Show

With More Than 172 Million Bars Sold, ZonePerfect Gives Consumers More Flavors to Choose From

BOSTON, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- ZonePerfect Nutrition Company, the company that offers products and support for people living "in the Zone," will introduce five new nutrition bar flavors at the Natural Products Expo East Show taking place October 3-6, 2002 in Washington, DC.

Based on consumer requests and research, the new flavors include Caramel Apple, Double Chocolate, Peach Yogurt, Chocolate Caramel Cluster, and Chocolate Vanilla Cream. All ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars are created with a precise ratio of carbohydrates, protein, and fat (40/30/30) and include the important Omega 3 fatty acid EPA, and 19 essential vitamins and minerals.

"We've sold more than 172 million nutrition bars and we're expanding the flavors based on demand," says Christopher Baker, chief executive officer of ZonePerfect Nutrition Company. "Our bars are consumers' favorites as it tastes good, are healthy and serve an integral part of the ZonePerfect Nutrition plan."

The new flavors will debut later this week at the Natural Products Expo East.

These five new flavors join eight other flavors that include Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Raspberry, Strawberry Yogurt, Apple Cinnamon, Lemon Yogurt, Chocolate Mint, Blueberry Yogurt, and Fudge Graham.

The ZonePerfect Nutrition Program is a science-based nutrition program designed to provide great-tasting, healthy, and nutritious products to help people quickly achieve and maintain their health and fitness goals by establishing a hormonally controlled "Zone" 24 hours a day. This zone is a metabolic state of optimal health with the potential to affect energy levels, physical performance, and weight-loss.

ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars and other ZonePerfect products are available online at and at retail locations throughout the country.

About ZonePerfect Nutrition Company
ZonePerfect Nutrition Company produces great tasting, healthy, and nutritious products for time-starved people. Through years of science-based research, the company has developed an incredible line of nutritious food products for people who want to eat healthily but just can't find the time and refuse to sacrifice taste. All ZonePerfect Nutrition Company products contain the same 40/30/30 ratio of carbohydrate, protein, and dietary fat, and are convenient, easy to store, and quick to prepare. The ZonePerfect Nutrition Company recently won the 2002 Retail Excellence (REX) Best of the Year Award for Health Niche Marketing by the nation's drug chain retailers. Consumers looking to find additional information on the ZonePerfect Nutritional Program or wishing to purchase products can do so by visiting .