Cutting sweetened beverages from diet may reduce blood pressure
DALLAS A new study published in Circulation, the American Heart Association journal, found that cutting sugar-sweetened beverages from one’s diet may lower blood pressure.
Using data of 810 adults, ages 25 to 79 years, with prehypertension (between 120/80 and 139/89 mm Hg) and stage I hypertension (between 140/90 and 159/99 mm Hg ) who participated in the PREMIER study, an 18-month behavioral intervention study with a focus on weight loss, exercise, and a healthy diet as a means to prevent and control high blood pressure. At the start of the study, the participants drank an average 10.5 fluid ounces of sugar-sweentened beverages/day, equivalent to just under one serving. At the study’s conclusion, average consumption had fallen by half a serving/day and both systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure significantly had declined.
“Our findings suggest that reducing sugar-sweetened beverages and sugar consumption may be an important dietary strategy to lower blood pressure and further reduce other blood pressure-related diseases,” said Liwei Chen, Louisiana State University Health Science Center School of Public Health and lead author of the study. “It has been estimated that a 3-millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) reduction in systolic blood pressure should reduce stroke mortality by 8% and coronary heart disease mortality by 5%. Such reductions in systolic blood pressure would be anticipated by reducing sugar-sweetened beverages consumption by an average of 2 servings per day.”
The PREMIER trial was supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The present study is supported in part from the School of Public Health, Louisiana State University Health Science Center and from the Center for Human Nutrition, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
JBSS completes acquisition of Orchard Valley Harvest
ELGIN, Ill. John B. Sanfilippo & Son, the distributor of such brands as Fisher and Texas Pride, has acquired one of the leading suppliers of branded and private-label nut and dried fruit products.
JBSS said it completed its acquisition of Orchard Valley Harvest, based in Modesto, Calif. Under terms of the agreement, JBSS paid $32.8 million in cash funded from excess availability in the JBSS bank credit facility. JBSS may also pay amounts of up to $10.5 million, contingent upon performance of the acquired business for the 2010 and 2011 calendar years.
“The acquisition of OVH fulfills a key pillar in JBSS’ five year strategic plan by significantly increasing our presence in the produce section of food retailers,” said Jeffrey Sanfilippo, chairman and CEO of JBSS. “The perimeter of the store is where retailers have been increasingly focusing their time and investment and where consumers have more frequently been purchasing fruit and nut products. The acquisition of OVH provides JBSS with meaningful product and packaging diversity and significant access to one of the fastest growing channels for nut and dried fruit products.”
Jamba Juice varieties now available at grocery stores
EMERYVILLE, Calif. Jamba Juice has joined forces with Inventure Foods so consumers can enjoy Jamba Juice’s signature fruit smoothies at home.
Jamba all natural smoothies now will be available in a number of leading national grocery stores this week with a suggested retail price of $2.99 to $3.29 per unit. Jamba’s smoothies contain real fruit, nonfat yogurt, and an antioxidant boost with 100% of your daily value of vitamin C. Simply add apple juice, blend for less than 60 seconds, and enjoy a delicious, made-at-home Razzmatazz, Mango-a-go-go or Strawberries Wild smoothie.
“It’s no secret that Jamba enthusiasts love their Jamba Juice smoothies, so we knew we had to get every last detail right with this grocery store variety,” said Steve Sklar, SVP marketing, Inventure Foods. “We worked diligently with the Jamba Juice team to make sure our at-home varieties offered the same consistency and great taste customers have come to expect at a Jamba Juice store.”