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Teens with high-fiber diets less likely to develop diabetes, heart risks

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — Teenagers that consume a fiber-rich diet are less likely to develop metabolic syndrome, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

Based on a cross-sectional analysis of 2,128 boys and girls ages 12 to 19 years, who participated in the 1999-2002 National Health and Nutrition Examination survey, researchers found that 9.2% of those with a diet that consisted of the least amount of fiber had developed risk factors of metabolic syndrome, while only 3.1% with a fiber-rich diet experienced an increase. Overall, the prevalence of metabolic syndrome was 6.4% (138 subjects).

Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors that occur together and increase the risk for such conditions as coronary artery disease and Type 2 diabetes.

"It is more important to emphasize a paradigm that promotes the inclusion of fiber-rich, nutrient-dense, plant-based foods vs what foods to restrict or exclude as is commonly done when the focus is on total fat, cholesterol, or saturated fat intake," the researchers concluded.


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Report: Costco-backed liquor initiative passes in Washington state

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — The Washington state government’s cap on quaffable spirits popped open Wednesday as voters there passed a ballot initiative to allow private retailers to sell liquor, according to published reports.

The Seattle Times reported that as of Tuesday night, about 60% of voters had voted in favor of Initiative 1183, which will allow supermarkets and mass-merchandise retailers to start selling liquor in June. Costco contributed most of the funding in favor of the initiative and the Seattle Times reported last month that the $22 million it contributed broke state records for the most money spent by any single donor on an initiative.

Washington is one of the handful of states in which liquor sales are restricted to special state-owned stores. The policy, which dates back to the aftermath of Prohibition, was created as a way to continue limiting the sales and consumption of liquor. The success of I-1183 follows the failure last year of a similar initiative, which also received heavy backing from Costco.
 

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Mountain Dew launches sweepstakes in line with release of latest ‘Call of Duty’ game

BY Allison Cerra

PURCHASE, N.Y. — To celebrate the release of "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3," Mountain Dew has announced a sweepstakes where consumers can receive a chance to play the video game with three friends on a stadium screen.

Now until Nov. 14, consumers can enter to win the ultimate "mega fan experience" by visiting the "mega fan" tab on the Mountain Dew Facebook page and uploading a picture of the Mtn Dew Mega XP 20-pack, available exclusively at Walmart. By participating in this offer, fans are eligible to win the grand prize or an Xbox 360 limited-edition "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3" bundle.

For official rules, click here.

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