Blue Diamond Almonds’ Nut Chips is an all- natural, gluten-free, kosher potato chip alternative, made from almonds and brown rice, that comes in three flavors: Sea Salt, Nacho and Sour Cream & Chive. The chips are baked, not fried, and contain 20g of whole grains per serving. According to Blue Diamond, they “process nearly one-third of the world’s crop of almonds annually,” and want to produce the most “tasty almond products in the world.”

Kelapo Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is now available in the form of baking sticks. The pre-measured sticks allow customers to bake with this flavorful alternative to butter, says the company, one that is trans-fat free and complements tastes from savory to sweet. Each pack contains two 4-ounce baking sticks, each one of which measures out to ½ cup, or 8 tablespoons. The butter replacement ratio is 1:1, and recipes can be found inside each package.

Washington, D.C.—Pizza is a vegetable, right? According to Congress, it should be. Congress’ proposed changes to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-mandated school lunch programs have some people questioning whether the government has our children’s or our corporations’ best interests in mind.

Melbourne, Australia—A recent study by researchers from St. Vincent Hospital, Melbourne demonstrated that the merits of the Mediterranean Diet can extend beyond just weight loss.

A recently released study highlights the accessibility of organic food in the Southeastern portion of the United States, where investigations found price points lower, on average, at farmers’ markets than in chain stores. SCALE, Inc.’s Is Local Food Affordable for Ordinary Folks? report noted that organic was 16% less expensive at farmers markets in 88% of the studied communities in Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina and South Carolina.

East Lansing, MI—Heart disease and diabetes risk can be reduced in teens by sticking to a diet rich in fiber, new research shows. While consuming certain vegetables and whole grains was correlated with avoiding these conditions, the study also found, perhaps surprisingly, saturated fat or cholesterol intake was not linked to a risk of metabolic syndrome in young people.

Black Beans and Spicy Refried Black Beans, two products from Eden Foods, Clinton, MI, were cited in Men’s Health magazine’s “The 125 Best Foods for Men,” in its November 2011 issue. The black beans were named best “Canned Bean,” and the refried beans were tops in the “Best Refried Bean” category. This marks the sixth time Eden products have been similarly honored in Men’s Health.

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Washington, D.C.—Pizza is a vegetable, right? According to Congress, it should be. Congress’ proposed changes to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-mandated school lunch programs have some people questioning whether the government has our children’s or our corporations’ best interests in mind.