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So Delicious Coconut Milk Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert Organic Minis
Mini Bars, Mini Calorie Counts,
Major Flavor!
Spotted on Shelves...

So Delicious Coconut Milk Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert Organic Minis - Whether or not you care about eating organic, these tasty new bars deserve a spot in your freezer during the hot months -- so creamy and delicious! In Simply Strawberry (the HG favorite), Fudge Bar, and Just Java, each bar has 80 calories, 3.5 - 4g fat, 5 - 25mg sodium, 14g carbs, 5g fiber, 8 - 10g sugars, and 0 - 1g protein (PointsPlus® value 2*). Find them at Whole Foods nationwide, plus select supermarkets and natural-food stores.

Kellogg's Jif Peanut Butter Cereal - Amazing PB-cereal alert! When it comes to both recipes and cereal bowls, this is our new go-to PB pick. The flavor is incredible, and a 3/4-cup serving has just 100 calories, 2g fat, 170mg sodium, 21g carbs, 2g fiber, 10g sugars, and 2g protein (PointsPlus® value 3*). It's super new, so keep your eye on the cereal aisle at supermarkets, Walmart stores, and Target locations. The box is easy to spot -- it looks just like a big jar of Jif!

New Flavors! Healthy Choice Greek Frozen Yogurt - Single-serving Greek fro yo? Now that's a series of words we love. And the already awesome line from Healthy Choice now features Caramel Swirl and Cherry Chocolate Fudge Swirl. The yogurt's tart, but the swirls are sweet! Each 4-oz. container of these newbies has 110 calories, 2g fat, 40 - 45mg sodium, 19 - 26g carbs, 1g fiber, 12g sugars, and 4g protein (PointsPlus® value 3 - 4*). Look for them at Walmart and select grocery stores.

Food Label News: Blinded by Buzzwords!

Walking through the supermarket, we're inundated by health-related marketing claims. Gluten-free! All-natural! Heart-healthy! It all sounds so wholesome, until you flip the package over and see that although that soda is boosted with antioxidants, it's also full of sugary calories; that bread might be made with whole grains, but not enough to give it even a single gram of fiber. Now, this isn't to say these claims are bad or without merit, but a recent study out of the University of Houston found that when shown the same food packaging both with and without the buzzy phrases, participants rated the versions with the buzzwords as being healthier overall. Yet when simply comparing nutritional labels, 20 percent of subjects felt Spam was healthier than salmon. Yikes! Clearly, it's important to consider both the nutritional stats and the food itself. In related news, a Consumer Reports survey found that 59 percent of consumers seek out food products labeled as "natural," even though the FDA has no formal definition of this term. So the research center is calling for a ban on the use of "natural" on food labels. Whether or not this happens, remember to ALWAYS check the nutrition panel and ingredients list to get the full story... especially the often-overlooked serving size and servings per package. Shop smart!

Misleading Buzzwords on Food Packages
Don't Be Distracted...
Get the Facts!
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