Probiotic beverages in Norway
Tine BA in Norway is launching a range of juice drinks called Biola that contain added Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG), the probiotic bacteria. Just two glasses provides an effective daily dose. Biola fruit juice drinks are available in orange-mango and apple-pear flavours. They contain more than 95 per cent fruit and no added sugar.
LGG has the best-documented health benefits of any probiotic strain, appearing in some 300 published studies in peer-reviewed scientific journals, 100 of which are human studies, Tine BA reports. Tine is using LGG under license from Finnish dairy company Valio Ltd.
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Sheep yoghurt reaches Western US
United Natural Foods is bringing Old Chatham Sheepherding Co?s sheep milk yoghurt to the Western US. One of the few producers of sheep milk in North America, Old Chatham manages a herd of 1,200 East Friesian sheep, which graze on 600 organically managed grass pastures in Old Chatham, New York.
Protein in sheep milk yoghurt is double that of yoghurt made from cow?s milk and the calcium content is 50 per cent greater. The Old Chatham yoghurt is highest in the B vitamin group, particularly B12, as well as vitamins A, C, D and E. It is also highest in niacin, riboflavin, iron, phosphorus and zinc. Old Chatham yoghurt also has the lowest sugar content and is one-third lower in sodium when compared to leading yoghurt brands.
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Ampalaya tea for diabetics
FulLife Natural Options in Florida has created a caffeine-free tea to help stabilize blood-sugar levels in diabetics. Charantea Ampalaya Tea is officially endorsed by the Association of Municipal Health Officers of the Philippines as an adjunct to its diabetic patients? health care regimen; it is also the official food supplement of Operation Diabetes, a national US program on diabetes prevention and control. Also known as bitter melon or bitter gourd, ampalaya is rich in iron, beta-carotene and potassium, and has long been used as a traditional medicine in Asia. It is particularly helpful for diabetes because of its scientifically proven hypoglycaemic properties, including a compound called polypeptide-p, a known plant insulin, the company says.
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Sugar-free candy line with xylitol
Fine & Dandy Candy, a new sugar-free candy line, is sweetened with xylitol by Xlear Inc. SparX, a bite-sized fruit-flavoured candy, is the first product to be released under the new line. SparX is available in three varieties — natural berry, citrus and fruit flavours — and is packaged in 30g tubes that contain four natural flavours and feature all of the taste of sugar-sweetened candy without the harmful effects of sugar or the aftertaste.
A natural sweetener, xylitol is derived from corncobs, birch trees and other natural sources, and is similar to sugar in taste and texture. It contains 40 per cent fewer calories than sugar, has a net carb level of only 0.4 per gram, and has minimal impact on blood-sugar levels.
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Organic psyllium sourced in India
Organic India has unveiled a USDA-certified Organic Psyllium — Whole Husk to the North American market. Organic India?s psyllium is derived from the whole husks of psyllium seeds (Plantago ovata). Grown in northern India, it is 100 per cent organic and contains no sugar, sodium, cholesterol, fat or additives. The psyllium is grown from organic seeds that are milled with certified organic equipment to separate the whole husks. The finished product contains 95 per cent pure husk, rather than the 85 per cent most companies use.
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