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Whole grain diet may lower Type 2 diabetes risk, study finds

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK Lowering one’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes can be as simple as implementing whole grains into a diet.

Qi Sun of Harvard School of Public Health in Boston and colleagues analyzed data from 39,765 men in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study and 157,463 women in the Nurses’ Health Study I and II. All of the participants did not have diabetes, heart disease or cancer at the start of the studies.

During follow-up, the researchers found 10,507 incidents of Type 2 diabetes. Conversely, the researchers found that people who ate five or more servings per week of white rice were 17% more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than those who ate less than one serving of white rice per month.

People who ate two or more servings of brown rice per week, however, were 11% less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than those who ate less than one serving of brown rice per month.

“We estimated that replacing 50 grams/day intake of white rice with the same amount of brown rice was associated with a 16% lower risk of Type 2 diabetes, whereas the same replacement with whole grains as a group was associated with a 36 percent lower diabetes risk,” Sun said.

The study was presented Wednesday at the American Heart Association’s Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism Conference in San Francisco.

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V8 V-Fusion available in on-the-go size

BY Allison Cerra

CAMDEN, N.J. V8 V-Fusion juices now are available in single-serving cans, V8 announced Wednesday.

Available in pomegranate blueberry and strawberry banana varieties, each 8-oz. can provides a full serving of vegetables (1/2 cup) and a full serving of fruit (1/2 cup), as well as essential antioxidant vitamins A, C and E and no added sugar.

The suggested retail price for a 6-pack of 8-oz. slim cans is $4.99, $14.88 for a 24-pack of 11.5 oz. cans and $3.99 for a 46-oz. bottle. For more information, visit www.v8juice.com.

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Supervalu launches WholeCare Pet brand

BY Allison Cerra

MINNEAPOLIS Supervalu is making its customers’ four-legged friends a priority with the launch of its new pet-supplies line.

The grocer’s WholeCare Pet brand is a new, complete line of food products for dogs and cats, along with a variety of treats and supplies, formulated to match or exceed the quality of leading national brands, Supervalu said. The line will replace Supervalu’s former private-label pet product brands, Happy Tails and NutriPlan.

“Pets will love our new WholeCare Pet line, which offers high-quality, nutritional products in a variety of fun new flavors — all at better prices than the national brands,” said Stacy Bergmann, brand manager at Supervalu. “In addition to the value, we believe that pet parents will appreciate the convenience of shopping for their entire family’s nutritional needs at their neighborhood grocery store.”

The products will be available nationwide at the company’s family of grocery stores, including (but not limited to) Acme, Jewel-Osco, Cub Foods and more.

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