Food companies are starting to market the benefits of beans, bananas, whole grains and other high-carbohydrate foods made of "resistant starch," a form of fiber. Studies from the past few years have shown that these foods help control high cholesterol, high blood sugar and weight.
A study of the diets of 52 normal-weight participants and 52 overweight participants found that the overweight subjects ate one less fruit serving daily, which scientists linked to that group's lower fiber and carbohydrate intake. The scientists concluded that "dietary fiber, complex carbohydrates and fruit were associated with lower body fat stores in adults."
Houston-based Republic Beverage Co. is merging with National Distributing Co. of Atlanta to create a $4 billion company that will be the second largest wine and spirits distributor in the nation. Officials say the merger will help the companies better compete with the No. 1 distributor, Miami-based Southern Wine & Spirits of America Inc.
Cheese enriched with plant stanols helped to lower cholesterol levels in subjects, according to results of a new study. Cholesterol-lowering foods could be a lucrative trend, according to industry executives.