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Whole grain, bran intake may reduce death risk in diabetic women

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK Women who consume bran and whole grain foods are less likely to die from cardiovascular disease and other causes, researchers reported in the American Heart Association’s journal, Circulation.

The study — led by senior author Lu Qi, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues — used data from 7,822 women diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. During up to 26 years of follow-up, 852 deaths occurred, including 295 from cardiovascular disease in the diabetic women. The researchers used data from the food frequency questionnaires to calculate consumption of whole grain and its sub-components of bran and germ, as well as cereal fiber, in grams per day. They then divided the women into five groups based on their consumption of whole grain and its components.

Women who ate the most bran had 9.73 grams (median value) per day; those with the lowest consumption ate less than 0.8 grams (median value) per day.

The result: Women with Type 2 diabetes who ate the most bran had an average 35% lower risk of death from CVD and a 28% reduction in death from all causes than women who ate the least amount.

“To my knowledge, this is the first study of whole grain and its components and risk of death in diabetic patients,” said Qi, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and assistant professor of nutrition in the Harvard School of Public Health. “Patients with diabetes face two to three times the risk of cardiovascular disease and premature death compared to the general population. These findings suggest a potential benefit of whole grain, and particularly bran, in reducing death and cardiovascular risk in diabetic patients.”

The American Heart Association recommends a dietary pattern rich in whole-grain, high fiber foods and that half of an individual’s grain intake should come from whole grains.

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Kids consume more yogurt as a snack, NPD finds

BY Allison Cerra

CHICAGO Although kids continue to eat fresh fruit for snack, The NPD Group is reporting that another snacking option is on the rise.

According to the market research company’s SnackTrack, kids ages 2 to 17 years consumed more refrigertated yogurt in 2009 than in 2008. Additionally, NPD’s food and beverage market research also found that potato chips, fresh fruit, string cheese and prepackaged cheese cubes or shapes and hard candy also experienced growth in 2009 versus 2008 as snack foods eaten between, with, or instead of meals.

SnackTrack is a source for snack food consumption information in Canada and the United States, focusing on individuals and their snack food usage. SnackTrack monitors all eating situations, both in-home and away, for specific, pre-determined food categories.

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Mott’s Medleys provides fruits, vegetables in each serving

BY Allison Cerra

PLANO, Texas In an effort to promote children’s health, Mott’s is launching a new juice drink especially for kids.

Mott’s Medleys juice provides two total servings of fruit and veggies in every 8-ounce glass. The juice brand is teaming up with actress Marcia Cross and nonprofit program KaBOOM! — which underscores the importance of children’s exercise — to promote children’s nutrition and wellness.

“The mission behind Mott’s Medleys and its partnership with KaBOOM! is to make nutritional and physical wellness easier and more fun,” said Allison Methvin, director of marketing for Mott’s. “We are pleased to have the support and advocacy of Marcia Cross as we work with KaBOOM! to take these important steps toward improving the health of families across America.”

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