Croatia—Rice-based foods, particularly rice drinks and cereals, may present a danger to infants and small children, said a group of doctors in a recent journal publication. Rice, due to its genetic makeup and the methods used to grow it, is thought to absorb arsenic from the environment in amounts higher than other plants.
Purported false advertisement has fired up the fuel for three states that have sued the energy drink company, 5-Hour Energy. Oregon, Washington and Vermont each filed a lawsuit against the makers of 5-Hour Energy, claiming that its advertisements are "deceptive and misleading."
Queensland, Australia—Most consumers know that probiotics support digestive health, and now there are even reasons to consume these beneficial bacteria. New research published in the American Heart Association's journal, Hypertension, suggests that incorporating probiotics regularly into your diet may help improve blood pressure.
Rome, Italy—A new study has suggested that bergamot polyphenolic fraction (BPF) may be able to reduce small dense LDL cholesterol particles, particularly in people suffering from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and metabolic syndrome.
Naperville, IL—The world of natural products distributors has become more compact with the acquisition of Nature's Best by KeHE Distributors, announced formally on July 18. The pairing is said to enhance and broaden KeHE's national distribution and its expertise in the natural/organic channel.
Montpelier, VT—As it gets set to develop rules concerning genetically modified food (GMO) labeling, Vermont has asked its citizens to weigh in. The state’s Attorney General, William Sorrell, announced preliminary results from the over 2,200 responses to a questionnaire his office issued in June. The survey asked people how they thought the nation’s first mandatory GMO labeling law, which Vermont passed in May, should be implemented.