SupermarketGuru knows the coffee lovers are rejoicing over that headline, but the truth is there are more studies than ever encouraging you to grab a cup of joe for your good health. The health benefits of coffee, range from protection from type 2 diabetes, brain health, liver disease, prostate cancer, and more. Read on for some of the more recent findings on the many benefits of coffee.

Coffee protects your heart: A study more than 25,000 coffee drinkers in South Korea demonstrated that moderate daily consumption, three to five cups of coffee a day, is associated with a decreased risk for coronary artery calcium (CAC). CAC is a great predictor of future heart disease and hasn’t been studied much in the past.

Coffee’s antioxidants protect your skin: Four cups of coffee (sorry, not decaf!) a day was also recently found to moderately reduce one’s risk for melanoma – the most dangerous of skin cancers. The study supports a previous finding of a link between coffee and a reduced risk for basal cell carcinoma the most common type of skin cancer.

Coffee protects your brain: Researchers now believe that coffee could be neuroprotective, and suppress inflammation in the brain that can lead to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. It may be more than the caffeine in coffee that’s responsible, scientists are looking into other compounds in coffee for their protective, anti-inflammatory roles.

Coffee is antioxidant rich! Most research thus far has focused on the polyphenols, specifically the flavonoids in coffee. Studies isolating individual flavonoids (and other foods that contain them- wine, berries, and dark chocolate) have confirmed antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and other health-promoting benefits in the body.

Can coffee help depression? A study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that drinking several cups of coffee daily appears to reduce the risk of suicide in men and women by about 50%! Researchers found that the risk of suicide for adults who drank two to four cups of caffeinated coffee per day was about half that of those who drank decaffeinated coffee or very little or no coffee. According to researchers, caffeine not only stimulates the central nervous system but may act as a mild antidepressant by boosting the production of neurotransmitters in the brain like serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline.

Keep in mind that in most studies, a “cup” of coffee is defined between 5 to 8 ounces, and about a 100 mg of caffeine, and black or maybe with a bit of cream (not sweetened creamers) or sugar. This is not to be confused with a 24 oz frozen coffee drink! Brewing your own coffee at home is the most cost effective, and nutritious option. Love iced coffee? Your best bet is to brew a large pot of coffee at home, let it cool and drink it as an iced beverage during the day. Need ice? fill an ice cube tray with coffee and let freeze, this way as you are cooling your iced coffee it doesn’t get watered down.

Do note!

While the health benefits of coffee keep rolling in, the complete story isn’t so rosy. In some studies, very high consumption, six or more cups a day, reduced the benefits and there are certain populations that do not do well with coffee. As always speak with your health care provider before making any changes to your diet.

Posted on July 6, 2015 at 12:04 am by rebrapp · Permalink · Leave a comment
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GoMacro, Viola, Wis., extended its portfolio of USDA certified organic nutrition bars with GoMacro Thrive, a new line to support digestive, neurological and cardiovascular body functions.

Founder Amelia Kirchoff says the development of Thrive was specifically driven by customer feedback.

“We wanted to develop a line that targeted health concerns because we had a lot of customers calling in with different health issues,” she says. “GoMacro Thrive promotes the idea that nutrition can target individual needs, not with chemicals and supplements, but with simple healthy ingredients.”

Varieties include …

… Ginger Lemon (Digestive): “Little squares of crystallized ginger and lemon peel create the perfect backdrop to cleanse the digestive system …”

… Blueberry Lavender: (Cognitive Reasoning, Stress Reduction): “Wild blueberries, lavender and walnuts come together to create the ultimate brain food ..”

… Curry Apricot (Cardiovascular): “Almonds, curry and apricots provide an exotic twist on a heart healthy snack …”

In addition to being a healthful snack at only 180 calories, each 1.4oz GoMacro Thrive bar contains 3g of fiber and 4g of protein. Thrive bars are USDA organic, non-GMO project verified, kosher, gluten free and vegan certified.

“By combining the best food science research with these exotic flavor profiles, GoMacro is proud to deliver a premium nutrition bar that remains true to our motto: Happy. Healthy. Life,” says Kirchoff.


Posted on July 3, 2015 at 12:04 am by rebrapp · Permalink · Leave a comment
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NuGo Nutrition, Oakmont, Penn., acquired Gnu Foods’ FiberLove bars. As the newest member of the NuGo portfolio, officials say the fiber bars will have the same recipe as FiberLove bars, but with a new name to emphasize their amazing taste: NuGo Fiber d’Lish.

Fiber d’Lish holds a unique position in the nutrition bar market, as an all-natural, high-fiber bar with a proprietary blend of soluble and insoluble fiber, and an extensive range of soft-baked flavors.

“There are NuGo bars to match virtually every healthy lifestyle. Knowing the benefits of diets rich in fiber – like reduced risk of heart disease and diabetes, and improved digestive health – we really wanted to offer our customers a superior and tasty, on-the-go fiber option,” says David Levine, co-founder and CEO of NuGo Nutrition. “After searching for the best fiber bar recipe, we realized it had already existed with FiberLove bars. Bringing the bars into the NuGo family as NuGo Fiber d’Lish matches our commitment to excellence, and further strengthens the NuGo brand.”

Andrew Brooks is founder and CEO of Gnu Foods.

“The mission at Gnu Foods has always been to redefine the fiber experience by giving people an enjoyable and easy way to get the daily fiber they need,” he says says. “NuGo’s extensive retail distribution and broader product portfolio will help spread delicious, healthy fiber to a wider audience of active consumers.”

Fiber d’Lish will be NuGo Nutrition’s first un-coated (non-enrobed) bar for consumers seeking a high-fiber treat. Soft-baked in 10 fruity, nutty, and dessert-like flavors, the Fiber d’Lish bar recipe has received accolades for taste, nutritional value, and efficacy. The unique mix of six grains and seeds in Fiber d’Lish bars—combined with the added benefit of prebiotic inulin—provides a combination of soluble and insoluble fiber not found in other bars.

All Fiber d’Lish bars provide 12g of fiber (48% daily value) in just 130-160 calories, and use Non-GMO Project Verified ingredients. The Fiber d’Lish line of bars also features nine vegan flavors and all bars are kosher certified.

Learn more about Fiber d’Lish at www.nugofiber.com.

Posted on July 2, 2015 at 12:09 am by rebrapp · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Hershey Co. introduces Snack Bites in three varieties: Hershey’s Milk Chocolate with Almonds, PayDay and Mr.Goodbar. All three varieties feature a concentration of crunchy nuts in every bite, the company stated. Hershey’s Milk Chocolate with Almonds Snack Bites and PayDay Snack Bites will be available at convenience stores, Walmart and Sam’s Club in a portion-controlled, 2.5-ounce tube pack for a suggested retail price of $1.99. Mr. Goodbar Snack Bites will be available at convenience stores and Walmart in a 2.5-ounce tube pack for $1.99. These bite-size treats are perfect for on-the-go snacking, the maker noted.

Posted on July 1, 2015 at 12:03 am by rebrapp · Permalink · Leave a comment
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