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Moms Find Fun, Healthy Snacks That Help Fight Childhood Obesity

Wednesday, December 3, 2008 General News J E 4
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FISHERS, Ind., Dec. 2 A number of recent public researchstudies substantiate the rise in childhood obesity, the health risks inoverweight children, and the questionable nutritional value of cereals andother foods kids consume. Yet one manufacturer -- Funky Monkey(TM) Snacks-- offers all natural, freeze-dried real fruit products that are not only funand convenient for kids, but also provide most, if not all, of the daily fruitservings recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for kids.

The need for healthy snack foods that kids love to eat comes at a time ofunprecedented concern over children's health. A recent report by the AmericanHeart Association found that the arterial walls of children and teens who areobese or have high cholesterol are similar to that of an average 45-year-old.USA Today, in a June 2008 article, reported that 32% of all U.S. kids -- 23million children -- are overweight.

Despite the warning signs, many foods commonly consumed by children areless than ideal. A 2008 study by Yale University's Rudd Center for FoodPolicy and Obesity determined that children's breakfast cereals aresignificantly higher in calories, sugar and salt than an equal amount of adultcereal. In a recent University of Calgary study, researchers evaluated thenutritional claims of more than 350 food products marketed to children,finding that while 63% made health claims, 90% were of poor nutritional value.

Practical Fruit Alternative

By contrast, Funky Monkey Snacks contain no added sugar, preservatives,colors or flavors. The snacks are made using a proprietary freeze-dryingprocess on whole slices and large pieces of fruit. The process, not used onany other snack available in the U.S., removes approximately 97 percent of themoisture content of the fruit, providing a crisp, crunchy texture, whileretaining nearly all of the fruit's nutrients.

Funky Monkey Snacks are a healthier and more natural alternative to driedfruit or fruit snacks. Dried fruit does not preserve all the nutrients offresh fruit, and fruit snacks often contain added sugars (includinghigh-fructose corn syrup), colors, flavors and preservatives.

Scientists have learned that fruits and vegetables not only reduce obesityand improve a child's overall health but can also improve academicperformance. Earlier this year, a study published in Canada's Journal ofSchool Health, conducted by researchers at the School of Public Health at theUniversity of Alberta, showed that students with an increased fruit andvegetable intake and lower caloric intake of fat were significantly lesslikely to fail a standardized literacy assessment test.

A "Perfect Choice"

"Our goal for Funky Monkey Snacks is to finally give moms a delicious,organic, truly nutritious and go-anywhere snack that kids will actuallyenjoy," said Matt Herzog, President of Funky Monkey Snacks. "With theholidays fast approaching, it's more important than ever for parents to havehealthy alternatives available amid the rush of activities. Funky MonkeySnacks are the perfect choice to have on hand."

Funky Monkey Snacks come in four varieties: Bananamon(R) (freeze-driedbanana and cinnamon), Carnaval Mix(TM) (freeze-dried banana, pineapple, apple,papaya and raisins), Jivealime(R) (freeze-dried pineapple and lime juice), andPurple Funk(R) (freeze-dried banana and acai). Funky Monkey Snacks areavailable at SuperTarget, Whole Foods Market, Winn-Dixie, HyVee and othergrocery stores, as well as through Amazon.com.

About Funky Monkey Snacks:

Funky Monkey Snacks are all-natural, real fruit made using a proprietaryfreeze-drying process that creates "Fruit That Crunches!" while retainingfruit's natural goodness. Funky Monkey Snacks are 100% fruit with no addedsugar, colors, flavors or preservatives. Each 1 oz. bag contains threeservings of fruit, providing a delicious and nutritious snack choice thathelps support healthy living. For more information, visithttp://www.FunkyMonkeySnacks.com.

Bananamon, Jivealime, Purple Funk, and Fruit That Crunches are registeredtrademarks, and Funky Monkey and Carnaval Mix are trademarks, of Freeze DriedPartners LLC. All other trademarks and/or registered trademarks containedherein are the property of their respective owners.

SOURCE Funky Monkey Snacks
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