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New Study Finds Corn Oil Superior to Extra Virgin Olive Oil in Lowering Cholesterol

Corn oil significantly reduces cholesterol with more favorable changes in total cholesterol (TC) and LDL-C than extra virgin olive oil, new research shows. The findings were presented last week at the American Society for Nutrition’s Advances & Controversies in Clinical Nutrition Conference by lead researcher, Dr. Kevin C Maki, PhD, of Biofortis, the clinical research arm of Merieux NutriSciences.

Among the 54 healthy men and women in the feeding study, consumption of foods made with corn oil resulted in significantly lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and total cholesterol than the same foods made with extra virgin olive oil. Corn oil lowered LDL cholesterol by 10.9 percent compared to extra virgin olive oil’s 3.5 percent reduction, and total cholesterol decreased by 8.2 percent with corn oil compared to 1.8 percent for extra virgin olive oil. Study participants received four tablespoons of corn oil or extra virgin olive oil in the foods provided every day, consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommendations.  All foods were provided to the study participants as part of a weight maintenance diet.

The randomized, double-blind, controlled crossover clinical trial assessed the effects of dietary oils on fasting lipoprotein lipids. The study compared the effects of corn and extra virgin olive oil on LDL cholesterol (primary outcome variable), total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol), Non-HDL cholesterol, Triglycerides and the total to HDL cholesterol ratio. Study participants had fasting LDL cholesterol ≥130 mg/dL and <200 mg/dL. Fasting blood samples, along with other clinical measurements, were taken from all participants during visits to the clinical study center before and after each treatment phase of the study.

“The study results suggest corn oil has significantly greater effects on blood cholesterol levels than extra virgin olive oil, due, in part, to the natural cholesterol-blocking ability of plant sterols,” said Dr. Maki. “These findings add to those from prior research supporting corn oil’s positive heart health benefits.”

Cardiovascular disease remains the number one cause of death in the United States. Existing research supports the notion diets containing at least 5-10 percent of calories from polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) from vegetable oils, are associated with lower risk for heart disease.

Corn oil has a unique combination of healthy fatty acids and plant sterols, which research suggests help lower cholesterol. Corn oil has four times more plant sterols than olive oil and 40 percent more than canola oil. Based on analysis of corn oil and 2013 USDA comparison of other cooking oils, corn oil has a plant sterols content of 135.6 mg/serving vs. 30.0 mg/serving for olive oil. Plant sterols are plant-based substances naturally present in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, cereals, legumes and vegetable oils, such as corn oil. To the extent that plant sterols play a part in reducing blood cholesterol levels, they could have an important role in a heart healthy diet. 

Egg Producer Launches Online Video Series

Turlock, Calf.-based Gemperle Farms has launched an online video series to showcase egg-related crafts, recipes and science experiments, and to provide a behind-the-scenes look at Gemperle Family Farms.

“At our Gemperle Chicken Ranch, we think it’s important to educate customers on what makes Gemperle Eggs special while having fun at the same time,” explained Gemperle Family Farms President Steve Gemperle. “These videos take an egg and transform it from a kitchen staple into an interesting and engaging science experiment, recipe or craft.”

All the videos highlight the exceptional Gemperle chickens and eggs, ranging from explaining egg economics, or Egg-o-Nomics, to showcasing the Gemperle family’s dedication to happy and healthy chickens. For example, the kid-produced Bouncy Egg video uses Gemperle eggs to show kids how science can transform an egg into a rubber toy. Gemperle Farms will be adding new videos monthly; already there are more than a dozen videos available.

In support of the new video series, Gemperle Farms is hosting an online contest, “Holiday Video Viewing.” Contestants are invited to watch educational and entertaining child-friendly videos on the Gemperle website for a chance to win one of three fabulous prizes. The first place winner will receive a $300 Amazon gift card; second place a $100 Amazon gift card; and third place a $50 Amazon gift card.

“The contest aims to cultivate a richer, more interactive experience for our customers,” Gemperle said. “Our educational videos are the ideal platform to teach kids about the Gemperle Egg Ranch, but really it’s all about having fun.”

Participation in the Holiday Video Viewing contest is simple. Just go to the Gemperle Family Farms video webpage (http://gemperle.com/gemperle-videos/), watch a video, and send Gemperle Farms an email. Emails should be sent tosusangemperleabdo@gmail.com with the subject line, “Gemperle Farms Videos.” In the text, include your name and the number of videos you watched.

For each video, contestants will receive one entry into the drawing for an Amazon gift card. The contest runs through December 13, 2013. Winners will be randomly selected on December 16. For a complete list of contest rules, please visit: gemperle.com.

Infuse Your Grilled Meats with Ethnic Flavors

Rubs from s.a.l.t sisters are an easy way to infuse your grilled meats and vegetables with exciting ethnic flavors–from Cajun to Caribbean Jerk. s.a.l.t sisters combined traditional essences including paprika and dry mustard with eccentric blends from coconut sugar, lemon juice powder to smoked black pepper to orange peel and honey powder. Perfect for traditional meals around the calendar, especially during Christmas and the New Year!

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Impress guest’s palates with Honey Glaze rubbed ribs, Key West Seafood rubbed scallops and shrimps along with Memphis BBQ rubbed corn on the cob!

r.u.b.s has the following flavors:

§  All-Purpose BBQ: Unrefined sea salt, parsley, smoked paprika, black pepper, honey powder, onion, herbs and spices

§  Blackening Cajun: Unrefined sea salt, paprika, onion, garlic, cayenne pepper and spices

§  Caribbean Jerk: Coconut sugar, unrefined sea salt, black pepper, chili pepper, paprika, onion, herbs and spices

§  Dragon’s Breath: Unrefined sea salt, smoked black pepper, red pepper, smoked paprika and herbs

§  Flaming Fowl Rub: Fiery hot, this rub is unrefined sea salt, paprika, honey powder, dry mustard, fennel, celery, habañero pepper and spices

§  Honey Glaze: Unrefined sea salt, honey powder, onion, garlic and paprika

§  Key West Seafood: Unrefined sea salt, onion, orange peel, ginger, sesame seeds, coconut sugar, black pepper and spices

§  Mediterranean: Unrefined sea salt, oregano, basil, lemon peel, red bell peppers, vinegar powder, red peppers, herbs & spices

§  Memphis BBQ: Coconut sugar, unrefined, smoked sea salt, black pepper, chili powder, paprika, garlic, vinegar powder, onion and spices

§  Porcini Poultry Rub: Unrefined sea salt, porcini mushrooms, garlic, lemon peel, herbs and spices

§  Smoked Bird Rub: Unrefined smoked sea salt, honey powder, garlic, dry mustard, fennel, herbs and spices

§  Tex-Mex: Unrefined sea salt, chili powder, onion, tomato powder, honey powder, paprika, dried mustard, black pepper, lime juice, herbs and spices

§  Tom-Tom Rub: Unrefined sea salt, paprika, honey powder, dry mustard, fennel, celery and spices complete this sweet tradition

§  West Coast Poultry Rub: A citrus zing made of unrefined sea salt, rosemary, garlic powder, orange peel, lemon peel and lemon juice powder

Gourmet On the Go Snack Mixes from Gourmet Nut

Snacks have come to occupy an important place in our daily routines—for many people, they’re as important as “three square meals” a day. Delicious taste is the first thing people look for in a snack, but 65 percent of people who nosh also say they are most interested in healthy snacks. Gourmet Nut has combined great flavor and healthy ingredients in a line of Gourmet On the Go snack mixes, which are full of protein-containing nuts and antioxidant-packed, fiber-filled dried fruits.

Whether it’s throwing a 2.25-ounce Power Up bag in a gym bag or keeping a resealable 8-ounce bag in the car or desk drawer, Gourmet Nut snacks can help stave off the vending machine or drive through window. Eat them alone or toss them into yogurt, oatmeal, or salads.

 

Body Boosting Antioxidant Mix

body boosting antioxidant mixSelect blend of: 

  • Pecans, the nuts with the most antioxidants
  • Cranberries, which have active compounds that may help maintain urinary tract health
  • Walnuts, raisins, blueberries, dark chocolate 


Features:

  • Gluten-free, all natural·
  • Three sizes: resealable 6-ounce and 14-ounce bags and 2.25-ounce Power Up bag

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Feel Good Mix

Feel Good Mix

Select blend of:

  • Peanuts, which are filled with fiber and protein that may help you feel full longer
  • Apricots, which provide vitamin A, a nutrient that promotes proper immune function and is critical for eye health
  • Almonds, granola, raisins, cranberries

 

Features:

  • Gluten-free, cholesterol free, four grams of filling fiber per serving
  • Two sizes: resealable 8-ounce bag and 2.25-ounce Power Up bag

 

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Almond Cranberry Crunch

Almond Cranberry Crunch

Select blend of:

  • Almonds, which may help reduce hunger
  • Cranberries, which contain flavonoids linked to heart health
  • Peanuts, raisins

 

Features:

  • All natural, cholesterol free, Trans fat free, has four grams of protein and fiber per serving
  • Two sizes: resealable 8-ounce bag and 2.25-ounce and 14-ounce Power Up bags

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Energize Me Protein Mix

Energize Me Protein Mix

Select blend of:

  • Almonds, a natural source of plant-based protein
  • Cashews, which provide more than five grams of protein per ounce
  • Raisins, pumpkin seeds, peanuts, cherries

 

Features:

  • Gluten-free, vegan, All natural
  • Resealable 8-ounce bag and 2.25-ounce and 14-ounce Power Up bags

For a full list of products, visit www.GourmetNut.com.

 Where to Buy:   Amazon.com, select Burlington Coat Factory, Homegoods, Marshalls, and Ross and TJ Maxx stores nationwide

SRP:

  • $3.99 – $4.99 for a 6 to 8-ounce bag
  • $1.50 for a Power Up 2.25-ounce snack bag
  • $7.99 – $8.99 for a 14-ounce bag

Visit www.GourmetNut.com for more information.

Fun Ideas with Holiday Seasonal Flavors

With simple tips from the McCormick Kitchens on enjoying the season’s top seven flavors – pumpkin spice, ginger, vanilla, peppermint, sage, cinnamon and nutmeg – everything from breakfast to dessert can have the best holiday taste.

“There’s really no reason to wait for a special occasion to savor the ‘Seasonal Seven’ flavors,” said Chef Kevan Vetter of the McCormick Kitchens. “For example, when I wake up in the morning, I like adding pumpkin pie spice to my coffee so I can start my day with that extra-special holiday flavor. To make Sunday dinners a little more festive, I’ll add sage to my creamy potato gratin.”

Seasonal Seven Flavors for Moments Big and Small
Think of every meal as an opportunity to include holiday tastes:

Visit www.McCormick.comwww.Facebook.com/McCormickSpiceand www.Pinterest.com/mccormickspices for simple ideas that will inspire you to make sure each moment is filled with seasonal flavor. Look for McCormick Spices in the spice aisle of supermarkets and mass merchandisers nationwide.

McCormick Announces Top Flavors and Food Trends for 2014 and Beyond

Marking its 125th year as a food industry innovator, McCormick & Company, Incorporated kicked off a yearlong celebration of the tastes that bring us together with the unveiling of its McCormick® Flavor Forecast® 2014: 125th Anniversary Edition.

The report, developed annually by McCormick experts around the world, highlights five top food trends and more than a dozen emerging flavors predicted to impact the way we eat in the coming years. First launched in 2000, this anniversary edition explores how today’s unparalleled connectivity is driving faster-than-ever adoption of new trends and tastes around the globe.

One such trend is the growing obsession with chilies. “Everywhere we looked, people have a growing fascination with the delicious range of flavors and heat chile peppers deliver,” said McCormick Executive Chef Kevan Vetter. “In the U.S., cooks are embracing exciting new varieties like the aji amarillo from Peru, which is prized for its sizzling heat and surprisingly full-bodied, fruity notes.”

These emerging trends and flavors highlighted in the McCormick Flavor Forecast 2014 offer a taste of what’s next on the global menu:

Five Top Trends

Chilies Obsession: Food lovers everywhere are seeking out their next big chile thrill.
Modern Masala: Indian food is finally having its moment, breaking free of its traditional confines with modern interpretations.
Clever Compact Cooking: Proving that big flavors can come from small spaces, cooks in urban kitchens are making the most of what’s available.
Mexican World Tour: Mexican flavors are making their way around the globe, with people everywhere discovering new aspects of this bright, casual cuisine.
Charmed by Brazil: The world’s attraction to Brazilian cuisine is heating up, thanks to its seductive mix of global and native influences.

Five Top Flavors

Aji Amarillo: A hot Peruvian yellow chile with bold, fruity flavor.
Kashmiri Masala: An often homemade blend of spices from northern India featuring cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, cloves and ginger.
Tea: Not just for sipping anymore, this natural ingredient is making its way into rubs, broths and marinades.
Chamoy Sauce: A unique Mexican condiment—made from apricot, lime, chilies and spices—just beginning to gain a following in the U.S.
Cassava Flour: Also known as manioc or tapioca flour, this gluten-free alternative is a Brazilian staple prized for its versatility.

Visit www.FlavorForecast.com for 12 more flavors to watch in 2014 and beyond.

Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky Partners With Charitybuzz To Auction Rare 1963 Whisky

Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky has partnered with charity auction website Charitybuzz to auction a rare bottle of Glenmorangie 1963. Bidding is open through December 13 at https://www.charitybuzz.com/glenmorangie1963 with proceeds to benefit the American Forests conservation organization.

Fifty bottles of this iconic single malt, the world’s first extra-matured whisky, were recently discovered in a hidden corner of one of Glenmorangie’s warehouses.This pioneering expression was first distilled in 1963, extra-matured in Spanish Oloroso Sherry casks for almost two years before being released in 1987.

The re-release celebrates Glenmorangie’s use of wood finishing in the whisky development process and will be offered in a commemorative bottle fitting of its 1960s heritage. The labels, collar and cork are made of the purest .925 solid silver. Each of the bottles is engraved with a unique number and is presented in a metal “time capsule”-style box. The box has a polished oak wood interior, and contains a luxurious booklet customized with a hand-signed note of authenticity from Dr. Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s celebrated Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks.

Commenting on the auction, Dr. Lumsden said: “The majority of the wood we use does come from the Ozark Mountains in Missouri. We take our environmental credentials very seriously and recognizing that wood is the most important factor in determining the quality of our single malt, we are very keen to ensure that our casks are sourced in a sustainable way.”

Maxime Balay, Glenmorangie Brand Director, added “Glenmorangie 1963 clearly highlights our commitment to innovation as well as our unparalleled pursuit of perfection to craft unnecessarily well-made whiskies.”

Of the 50 remaining bottles, only 20 will be available in the United States, making the charity auction with Charitybuzz of keen interest to key whisky enthusiasts.

Sartori Cheese Places in Top-15 at World Cheese Awards

LE Pastorale WhlSartori Cheese has announced that its Pastorale Blend® and Cinnamon BellaVitano® received “Super Gold” medals  at the World Cheese Awards held in the UK last week.  With over 2,700 entries from 30 countries, Sartori’s Cinnamon BellaVitano and Pastorale Blend finished in the top 15 cheeses in the world.

Sartori’s Cinnamon BellaVitano is hand-crafted with the BellaVitano Gold base cheese, a well-known base to many other Sartori BellaVitano favorites.  “Creating this cheese was a lot of fun because there were many variations to experiment with,” states Sartori Master Cheesemaker, Mike Matucheski.  “The warmth of the cinnamon and the creamy cheese always reminds me of the holidays, so it was special to hear this cheese received a Super Gold around the Thanksgiving holiday.”

LE Pastorale BlendSartori’s Limited Edition Pastorale Blend also received a Super Gold and was a top 15 contender for the world’s best cheese.  This unique cheese is a blend of cow and sheep milk.  Hand dusted with smoked Spanish paprika, it delivers a “one of a kind” sweet and nutty flavor.  “The blend of the cow and sheep milk helps to balance the cheese.  It’s very creamy and has a smoky note to it from the paprika.  We say it’s a great sheep milk cheese for those who may not appreciate the full intensity of most typical sheep milk products,” states Matucheski.  In the past five years, Sartori’s Pastorale Blend cheese has received 20 awards including two Grand Champion titles.

Five additional medals were awarded to Sartori including a gold medal for BellaVitano Gold and silver medals for Espresso BellaVitano, Merlot BellaVitano and Mediterranean Fontina.  For additional information on these award-winning varieties and all of Sartori’s cheese, visit the website, sartoricheese.com.  For daily news and information, become a fan on Facebook and follow Sartori on Twitter @Sartori_Cheese.

Spread Chocolate Cheer This Holiday Season With A Gift From Ethel M Chocolates

 This holiday season, give everyone on your list an affordable luxury experience: Ethel M® Chocolates from www.EthelM.com. These exceptional gourmet confections — made without preservatives — hold true to the recipes that Ethel Mars once made in her own kitchen in the early 1900′s. Comprised of the finest ingredients and made in small batches -– some made by hand, Ethel M® Chocolates embody the ideal holiday gift for everyone on your list, from friends and family to party hosts and business associates.

Ethel M

Who is “Ethel M” and what makes her chocolate special?  She was the matriarch of the Mars family; her husband and son –-Frank C. Mars and Forrest Mars, Sr. -– founded world-renowned Mars, Incorporated, manufacturer of iconic brands like M&M’S® Brand Candies, SNICKERS® Bar and DOVE® Chocolate. In 1981 Forrest Mars, Sr., created Ethel M® Chocolates as a tribute to his mother, who taught him the art of making chocolate.

Cyber Monday shoppers seeking the perfect gift can unwrap a special deal at www.EthelM.com. Enter the code CYBERMONDAY13 to receive a 20 percent discount, with no minimum order, plus a $5 flat rate standard shipping fee for orders of $50 or more. This code is valid during the 24 hours of Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

“At Ethel M® Chocolates, we’re dedicated to offering uncompromising quality and unparalleled taste,” said Jessica Ruttman, Marketing Manager, Ethel M Chocolates. “This holiday season, we’ve prepared a special assortment of chocolates designed to bring tasteful good cheer to any occasion. A gift of premium chocolate offers a personal touch of luxury and never fails to please the recipient.”

Ruttman offers gift suggestions that will delight everyone on your list.

  • For girlfriends and party hosts: Say cheers to the holiday season with the new Holiday Cocktail Collection ($28). The 16 pieces include Champagne Cocktail and Mucha Margarita drenched in milk chocolate, and Lemon Drop and Chocopolitan enrobed in dark chocolate. Each piece is filled with holiday spirits combined in a crème center. Colorful retro designs atop each piece add festive fun to this gift. (Local state laws prohibit the shipment of alcoholic products directly to consumers in many states. See online ordering information for details.)
  • For business clients or hard-to-buy-for friends: Personalize a gift by including their favorite flavors inside a Design Your Own box ($37-$97). It’s simple: choose a box style, select the chocolates and place the order. From the caramel lover to the truffle fan to the Satin Cremes® connoisseur, you’ve got the holidays covered.
  • Treat yourself: Open the Holiday Deluxe Collection ($34) and start a tradition with a delicious variety of the best of Ethel M® Chocolates. Each 24-piece box includes new limited edition holiday flavors, each enrobed in rich chocolate: Peppermint Silk, Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie and Egg Nog. The collection also features creamy caramels, Almond Crunch and Satin Cremes®.
  • For that special guy on the list: The sweet and savory Classic and Chocolate-covered Pecan Brittle ($35) offers a softer crunch, thanks to a secret recipe and hand-picked pecans. Ethel M® signature brittle has a delicious buttery taste, is created with just a few ingredients and is handcrafted in small batches.
  • For moms and mother-in-laws: They will appreciate this recipe handed down for generations, as the 16-piece Satin Cremes® Collection ($28) is made with real cream and stirred by hand. The buttery fillings are flavored with fresh raspberries, vanilla, chocolate and lemon, and then drenched in premium chocolate.
  • For friends celebrating Hanukkah: The new 16-piece Kosher Hanukkah Classic Collection ($28) features buttery caramels, milk and dark Satin Cremes® and an assortment of crunchy nut pieces. Or choose the Hanukkah Collection Bundle ($45), which includes the Classic Collection adorned with a Hanukkah bow, one Hanukkah Bar Set of three delectable chocolate bars, and one bag of 22 Chocolate Gelt Coins.

Ethel M.® Chocolates are sold online at www.EthelM.com, by phone at (800) 438-4356 and in five locations throughout Las Vegas.

Mars Chocolate North America Introduces Sweet Treats for the Holidays

This holiday season, whip up a colorful chocolate wonderland with a sleighful of new seasonal treats, plus a host of returning favorites, from Mars Chocolate North America.  Whether you’re decking the halls, prepping for parties, delighting with desserts or gifting with goodies, Mars Chocolate has the holiday season all wrapped up.

“Chocolate is a quintessential part of so many family celebrations, and Mars Chocolate brands have been integral to holiday traditions for generations,” said Roy Benin, Chief Consumer Officer, Mars Chocolate North America. “Each year, we develop a wide winter holiday assortment based on valuable input from consumers. This year, we’re introducing some exciting new products and, of course, we’re bringing back our perennial classics.”

Returning favorites include candy dish essentials like festive red and green M&M’S® Brand Candies and DOVE® Brand PROMISES® Milk and Dark Chocolate Snowflakes – which are each individually wrapped in silver and blue or red and silver foil with a snowflake design embedded on top.

Here’s a sample of some new items topping the Mars holiday list for 2013:

TwixThe classic Santa Claus shape and TWIX® Brand join forces to create new TWIX® Brand Santas — available as singles and in six-packs.  These clever confections add Christmas magic as stocking stuffers or tasty on-the-go treats.

Give the bakers on your list a keepsake they’ll use every holiday season: the M&M’S® Brand Recipe Box Tin, the newest collectible from M&M’S® Brand.  With its gingerbread house theme, this tin looks good enough to eat! Inside, red and green M&M’S® Brand Candies, recipes and a cookie cutter make holiday baking a joy.

Surprise family and friends with the new M&M’S® Brand Milk Chocolate Candies for the Holidays Cane.  This year, the transparent candy cane offers a colorful view of the red and green chocolate candies inside, making it a winner for decorating, hanging on stockings, snacking and gifting.

Save time with no wrapping required!  You’ll love the new gift boxes and FUN SIZE® bags for M&M’S® Brand Candies. All decked out with the iconic M&M’S® Characters, these goodie bags and boxes feature “To/From” labels, making them instantly givable—and instantly appreciated.

Friends and family will flip their lids for the M&M’S® Brand MINIS Milk Chocolate Candies Tube.  The tubes are mighty little treats, so tuck them in stockings, share them as party favors, or enjoy them as an on-the-go treat.

Nothing says the holidays like the mouth-watering aroma of freshly baked cookies.  And nothing makes cookies merrier and brighter than the new M&M’S® Brand MINIS Milk Chocolate Candies in red and green. Recipes on the back of the bag make for easy and delicious holiday treats.

Deck the halls with bountiful bowls of chocolate, thanks to the MINIS MIXTM Chocolates for the Holidays variety bags. Showcasing cheerful illustrations of Christmas tree ornaments, each bag is filled with an assortment of family favorites -– SNICKERS®, TWIX®, 3 MUSKETEERS® and MILKY WAY® Brands. Variety bags are the definite “go-to” for holiday snacking and decorating.

‘Tis the season to make magical memories for the chocolate lovers in your life. With the sensational collection of chocolate treats from Mars, Holiday 2013 just got a whole lot brighter.

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