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Post Foods introduces Sesame Street whole grain cereals for toddlers

BY Jason Owen

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — For years, toddlers have started their mornings watching Elmo and Cookie Monster on "Sesame Street." Now they can also enjoy these characters’ friendly faces at breakfast and snack times throughout the day. Post Foods has introduced Post Sesame Street cereal, a wholesome, whole grain, oat-based cereal for children.

New Post Sesame Street cereal is available in two naturally flavored varieties: A is for Apple and B is for Banana. This oat-based cereal provides two-thirds of a toddler’s daily whole grains and contains nutrients to help support healthy brain development. Both varieties have only 1 g of sugar per serving and contain no artificial flavors, providing a healthy option for breakfast and snacks.

"As a doctor who is also a mom to two young children, I’m thrilled to find a product that is a healthy option for my kids and was created with their specific nutritional and functional needs in mind," said Roshini Raj, consulting physician for Post Sesame Street Cereal. "The whole-grain content and fortification of nutrients — like choline, iron and zinc — are essential to a growing toddler’s diet."

The fun "X" and "O" shapes in each box are specifically designed for little fingers to easily grasp and are formulated to melt in a toddler’s mouth quickly for safe and easy consumption. Not only will children be excited to start their day with Elmo and Cookie Monster; they will also enjoy the educational activities featured on the back of each box, encouraging number and letter skills, and bringing even more fun to snack and mealtimes.

New Post Sesame Street Cereal is now available at Walmart and grocery stores nationwide.


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General Mills’ Yoplait introduces lactose-free yogurt

BY Jason Owen

MINNEAPOLIS — February is Lactose Intolerance Awareness Month, and Yoplait is encouraging people to say "yes" to dairy by introducing its new Yoplait Lactose Free. This new product is 99% fat-free and packed with 50% of the daily value of calcium and vitamin D.

“People with lactose intolerance may avoid yogurt altogether because they don’t want to deal with the worry of digestive symptoms,” says Christina Meyer-Jax, registered dietitian and Yoplait Lactose Free spokesperson. “When people avoid dairy, like yogurt, they may have lower intakes of important bone-building nutrients like calcium and vitamin D. With 50% of the daily value of calcium and vitamin D, Yoplait Lactose Free offers a great solution.”

 

Yoplait Lactose Free is available in four flavors: strawberry, peach, cherry and french vanilla, and contains no artificial sweeteners.


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Reports: Study finds salt reduction would reduce cardiovascular-related deaths

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — A new study indicates that the United States could prevent up to half a million deaths during the next 10 years by reducing salt intake, according to published reports.

Reuters reported on the study, conducted by the Institute of Medicine and published in the journal Hypertension, in which researchers used models to show how a low-sodium diet would affect a person’s risk of high blood pressure or death from cardiovascular disease. Calculations indicated that if Americans reduced sodium intake to 2,200 mg per day, between 280,000 and 500,000 fewer would die.

The Institute of Medicine recommends that Americans consume up to 1,500 mg of sodium per day, with an upper limit of 2,300 mg, though the average American eats about 3,600 mg per day. The study found that wide reduction to 1,500 mg per day could reduce deaths, mostly from heart disease and stroke, by 1.2 million.


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