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Reports: New grapefruit may cut drug interactions

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — A new hybrid grapefruit removes the chemicals that interact with dozens of drugs and have led many to stop eating the fruit, according to published reports.

Reuters reported that Florida researchers had created a grapefruit, called UF914, that mostly removes chemicals known as furanocoumarins, which can interact with more than 80 drugs, including causing serious side effects in patients taking 43 notably statin drugs for cholesterol.

According to researchers, the chemicals stop enzymes in the body from breaking down certain drugs, which can lead to an overdose, and side effects can include everything from organ failure to sudden death.

The researchers said that while the levels of furanocoumarins in the UF914 grapefruits were not enough to produce harmful side effects, clinical trials would need to be conducted.

 

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Post Grape-Nuts Fit hits store shelves

BY Jason Owen

 PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Post Foods is launching a new flavor of its Grape-Nuts cereal, Grape-Nuts Fit, the company announced on Tuesday.

Grape-Nuts Fit is a new cereal made with an assortment of flavors and textures, including lightly crunchy nuggets, granola, cranberries, puffed barley and natural vanilla flavor. The new cereal boasts 6 g of protein and 42 g of whole grains.

The launch of the new cereal coincides with a celebration of Post Grape-Nuts’ role in Sir Edmund Hillary’s ascent up Mt. Everest 60 years ago. Grape-Nuts is launching its new “What’s Your Mountain?” tagline via Everest-themed television commercials, digital advertising and sampling efforts across the nation.

In 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary became the first man to summit Mt. Everest with Tenzing Norgay. During his trek, Hillary carried and ate Post Grape-Nuts cereal, which is packed with protein and grains.

“Fueled by Grape-Nuts and determination, my father accomplished something no other person had done before when he made it to the top of Mount Everest in 1953,” said Peter Hillary, board member of American Himalayan Foundation and son of Sir Edmund Hillary. “But you don’t need to be a mountain climber to reach new heights in your own life. ‘What’s Your Mountain?’ inspires all of us to persevere as we strive to reach our personal summits.”

Grape-Nuts has formed an association with the American Himalayan Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the quality of life of the Sherpas, Nepalis and Tibetans throughout the Himalaya through education, health care and cultural preservation.

In conjunction with the marketing campaign launch, Grape-Nuts is partnering with a handful of "Tower Races," or vertical stair climbs, in the month of March. Tower Racing features athletes racing up the stairs of skyscrapers, allowing athletes to conquer a modern-day "urban Everest." Grape-Nuts Fit is the official cereal of the American Lung Association’s "Fight for Air Climb" tower races in Las Vegas, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Tampa.


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Reports: Judge strikes down New York beverage rule

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — A judge in New York has blocked a controversial law banning the sale of large-sized sugary drinks, according to published reports.

The New York Times reported that state Supreme Court justice Milton Tingling invalidated the law. Mayor Michael Bloomberg had pushed the rule as a way to promote healthier diets for New Yorkers, but it attracted widespread criticism as intrusive.

Tingling wrote that the rule was "arbitrary and capricious" because it would except certain drinks, such as those with a lot of milk, and would also apply only to establishments such as restaurants, but not to convenience stores.

 

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