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Health Magazine Picks Year's Best Food Products

NEW YORK -- Recognizing American's growing interest in eating healthier and the demand for products that deliver, Health magazine named 25 products the winners of its second "Best of Food" awards.

Dubbed "The ultimate guide to grocery shopping," the special report appears in Health's May 2006 issue. Health reviewed 500-plus products -- from snacks and smoothies to frozen meals and desserts -- based on criteria that included taste, nutrition, convenience, and availability.

The 25 winners were chosen by a panel of food experts, including best-selling cookbook author Mark Bittman, Food Network's Robin Miller, spa chef Scott Uehlein, and Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert, a Progressive Grocer columnist. "From go-to goodies for desktop dining and guilt-free snacking to super-fast dinners and more, the result is a well-edited list of foods you don't have to think twice about filling your shopping cart with," said Frances Largeman, Health's food and nutrition editor.

Health's Best of Food 2006 award-winners include:

Best Bagel: Sara Lee Heart Healthy 100% Whole Wheat Bagels
Best Cereal: Total Honey Clusters
Best Frozen Waffles: Van's All Natural Hearty Oats Waffles, Maple Fusion
Best Breakfast Bar: Post Healthy Classics Raisin Bran Cereal Bars, Cranberry
Best Oatmeal: Quaker Weight Control Instant Oatmeal, Cinnamon
Best Breakfast Sausage: Al Fresco All Natural Country Style Breakfast Chicken Sausage
Best Ready-To-Go: South Beach Diet, Denver-style Breakfast Wraps

Best Bread: Earth Grains Honey Whole Grain
Best Cheese: Horizon Organic, Organic Colby Cheese Sticks
Best Soup: Campbell's Select Savory Lentil Soup
Best Grab and Go Lunch: Thai Kitchen -- Thai Peanut Noodle Cart
Best Lunch Meat: Starkist Albacore Lemon & Cracked Pepper Tuna Fillet
Best Wrap: Tumaro's Gourmet Tortillas, Multi Grain

Best Smoothie: Naked Juice Antioxidant, Mighty Mango
Best Ice Cream: Edy's/Dreyer's Slow Churned Light Ice Cream, French Silk
Best Nuts: Sahale Snacks Valdosta Blend
Best Crackers: South Beach Diet Whole Wheat Crackers
Best Cookies: 100% Whole Grain Chips Ahoy! Cookies
Best Chips: Kettle Brand Bakes Hickory Honey BBQ
Best Savory Snack: Synder's of Hanover EatSmart Malt Vinegar & Sea Salt Café Fries

Best Frozen Entree: Lean Cuisine Dinnertime Selections, Chicken Portabello
Best Frozen Pizza: Amy's Mediterranean Pizza with Cornmeal Crust
Best Quick-and-Easy Dinner Entree: Laura's Lean Beef Pot Roast au Jus
Best Quick-and-Easy Side Dish: Green Giant Select Vegetables with Tuscan Herb Sauce
Best Pasta/Grain: Uncle Ben's Ready Rice Whole Grain Brown Rice
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