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Wal-Mart debuts healthy food seal

Wal-Mart plans to spotlight healthy foods by adding a new green icon that reads “Great for You” to its house-brand foods, starting this spring.

The green and white seal is part of a multiyear campaign the world’s largest retailer is undertaking to promote healthier products and fight childhood obesity.

The seal won’t impart any actual nutritional information, but the criteria will be outlined at www.walmartgreatforyou.com. The seal will be affixed to in-house products with lower levels of fat, sugar and artificial additives, including resh fruits and vegetables, whole wheat pasta and low-fat dairy products.

Beef prices going up

The smallest cattle herd since the 1950s likely will mean higher beef prices at the supermarket for the next two years.

Experts said beef prices could climb as much as 10 percent a year in 2012 and 2013, and the increase could be even greater if demand from other countries increases.

The soaring feed costs come amid heightened demand for corn to produce ethanol and to meet a growing export market.

The situation has been worst in Texas, the nation’s leading cattle producer, where a record drought caused pastures to wither, leaving ranchers with few options but to sell their cattle or pay top-dollar for feed.

YouTube to showcase cooking vids

YouTube is trying to make a smooth transition from being known as a messy, Wild West hodgepodge of viral videos to becoming a more curated collection of content ideal for browsing. And it is targeting one of the platform’s most popular video streams: food.

“It’s a new frontier for us. This is our first go at it,” said Austin Lau, the YouTube executive overseeing this foray into the edible.

While everyone knows they can go to YouTube in a pinch to find “How to roast a chicken” or “How to boil an egg” videos, it’s not that easy to leisurely browse food videos on the world’s largest video platform.

Lau envisions a day when all that changes.

New cookbook: Vegetarian kids

It’s a familiar refrain. One day a child’s favorite foods are chicken tenders or pizza with pepperoni, the next day the same kid swears off meat — forever. And cannot be persuaded otherwise.

Cookbook author Laura Washburn faced the same overnight conversion with her daughter, 10 at the time. Despite having several cookbooks under her belt, however, Washburn found herself unsure what to cook, she writes in Vegetarian Food for Kids: Nutritious and Delicious Recipes for Healthy Children (Ryland Peters & Small, $19.95).

Her project to educate herself on a balanced vegetarian diet for children, plus find recipes that would appeal to a child and offer enough variety to ensure proper nutrition, led to the book.

— Compiled from wire reports

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