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Health Magazine Picks Year's Best Food Products

New York, N.Y. -- Recognizing the boom in the number of new food products for health-conscious Americans, and consumers' need for help in making smart choices, Health magazine will name its first annual Best of Food Award winners in a special report in the May '05 issue.

Health assembled an expert pamnel to review hundred of products -- from snacks and staples to frozen meals and desserts -- based on criteria that included taste, nutrition, and convenience. The 29 winners were chosen by a panel of highly-skilled, food-savvy judges, including TV personality Rachael Ray, spa chef Bill Wavrin, and "supermarket guru" Phil Lempert, who is a PROGRESSIVE GROCER columnist.

"The result is a well-edited list of foods you don't have to think twice about filling your shopping cart (or your stomach) with," said Frances Largeman, Health's food and nutrition editor.

The award-winners, by category, are:
Yogurt: Stonyfield Farm Organic Lowfat Yogurt, Just Peachy
Cold Cereal: Kellogg's Crunchy Blends Just Right, Fruit and Nut
Hot Cereal: Quaker Oats Take Heart Instant Oatmeal, Golden Maple
Frozen Breakfast Item: Kashi GoLean Frozen Waffles, Original Flavor

Bread: Sara Lee Heart Healthy Multi-Grain
Deli Meat: Applegate Farms Organic Roast Beef
Cheese: Cabot Creamery 75 percent Light Vermont Cheddar
Ready-to-Eat Produce: Earthbound Farm Organic Grab & Go Salad Kit, Baby Spinach w/Sesame Soy Vinaigrette and Peanuts

Convenience Meat Product: Tyson Fully Cooked Southwest Seasoned Chicken Breast Strips
Light Burger: Jennie-O Turkey Store Frozen Savory-Seasoned Turkey Burgers
Veggie Burger: Boca Cheeseburger
Frozen Light Entrée: Lean Cuisine Spa Cuisine Lemongrass Chicken
Frozen Vegetarian Entrée: Amy’s Indian Mattar Paneer

Snacks & Desserts
Cookie: Newman's Own Organics Newman-O's Hint 'O Mint Cookies
Chip: Kettle Organic Chipotle Chili Barbecue Potato Chips
Pretzel: Snyder's of Hanover Organic Pumpernickel & Onion Pretzel Sticks
Cracker: Nabisco Cheese Nips Thin Crisps 100 Calorie Snack Pack
Fruit Snack: Santa Cruz Organic Apple Blackberry Sauce Cups
Snack Bar: PeaceWorks Kind Bar, Almond & Apricot
Frozen Treat: Ciao Bella Blood Orange Sorbetto

Juice: Walnut Acres Organic Blueberry Juice
Flavored Water: Glacéau Vitaminwater, Rescue
Flavored Milk: Horizon Organic Single-Serve Banana Milk
Soy Milk: Silk Enhanced Soymilk, Plain

Grain: Rice Expressions Organic Frozen Brown Rice
Pasta: Barilla Plus Penne
Salad Dressing: Newman's Own Lighten Up Balsamic Vinaigrette
Cooking Spray: PAM for Baking No-Stick Cooking Spray
Sugar Substitute: Sugar Lite from Equal

Time Inc. said its Health magazine reaches more than 6.5 million readers with each issue.
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