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The Greek Gods adds low-fat, cultured milk to lineup

BY Jason Owen

MELVILLE, N.Y. — The Greek Gods, a brand of the Hain Celestial Group, a leading natural and organic products company, is adding a new line of delicious, drinkable Kefir, a low-fat, cultured milk, the company announced. Kefir is exceptionally creamy and rich in taste with flavors that mirror the customer favorites of its Greek-style yogurt.

 

"With all of the qualities that customers expect from The Greek Gods brand Greek-Style Yogurt, we are now pleased to offer a drinkable format of The Greek Gods Kefir," said Basel Nassar, COO of the Hain Refrigerated Foods Division. The Kefir low-fat cultured milk combines delicious flavors along with 12 g of protein and probiotic cultures in each one-cup serving. The Greek Gods Kefir is also gluten-free and 99% lactose-free.

The Greek Gods Kefir can be enjoyed on its own or over fresh fruit or cereal, or in dressings and smoothies. Available in Plain, Honey, Honey Vanilla and Honey Strawberry flavor varieties, look for The Greek Gods brand Kefir low-fat cultured milk in grocers’ refrigerated sections nationwide.


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Americans consume more snacks than in past, report finds

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Snacks used to be primarily something given to children as a reward, but today, they’re a major part of Americans’ eating habits, according to a new report.

Bellevue, Wash.-based market research firm The Hartman Group surveyed members of HartmanSalt.com, a food information website and used data from its Eating Occasions Database to find that Americans, on average, eat 2.3 snacks per day, most frequently in the afternoon, evening and late at night.

Most snacking occurs at home, while only 12% say they eat snacks at work, and 7% eat them while traveling from place to place. For 27% of Americans, snacking is an impulse, while 28% eat snacks because they want an indulgent treat. Fourteen percent eat snacks when they feel stressed or anxious.

While 57% of respondents said it was important for foods and beverages consumed while snacking to be healthy, the foods and beverages mentioned most often were chips and soda.

But while frequent snacking is often blamed for such health issues as obesity, blaming it alone oversimplifies the issue, Kansas State University nutrition professor Mark Haub told Drug Store News. Haub, who made headlines in 2010 by losing 27 lbs. in 10 weeks with what he called a "convenience store diet" — consisting of snack foods like Twinkies, chips and cookies consumed every three hours instead of consuming meals — said that what often matters most is individual needs, and that it’s people’s relationship to snacking that helps or hurts.

"In and of itself, I don’t see snacking per se as being detrimental," Haub said. "I see eating more frequently as being a problem if portion sizes aren’t adjusted to meet needs."

Snacking can become a problem if people are eating three meals plus consuming large numbers of calories as a snack on top of them, but for others, eating four to six snacks a day instead of three meals can also be healthy. "We have this broad recommendation for everybody when not everybody can fall into that."

Source: The Hartman Group

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Stop & Shop launches free produce sweepstakes

BY Alaric DeArment

PURCHASE, N.Y. — Stop & Shop is offering free produce for a year to winners of a healthy eating contest it is sponsoring, the Ahold banner said.

Through the end of this month, customers who purchase any 10 products designated as "Healthy Ideas" at one time using their Stop & Shop card will be automatically entered into the chain’s Healthy New Year Free Produce for a Year sweepstakes.

"At Stop & Shop, we strive to make shopping for healthy foods easy," Stop & Shop New England Division in-store nutritionist Julie Menounos said. "With our Healthy Ideas shelf and product labeling system, customers can find truly healthy foods. With a little planning ,families can create shopping lists together and gather recipes, coupons and inspiration from our quarterly Healthy Ideas Magazine and weekly circular."

Customers can also pick up Kid Healthy Ideas, a free health-and-wellness magazine aimed at children aged 8 to 12 with health-related articles, games and recipes.

In other news, another Ahold banner, Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Pa., announced the completion of eight store remodels in Pennsylvania and Virginia. The remodels include new decor, expanded product selections, beer gardens, sushi bars and more new features.

 

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