1.)     If you want to help prevent chronic illnesses, eat flowers.   That’s what new research published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is suggesting.    Common edible flowers actually contain high amounts of phenolics and have excellent antioxidant capacity.    That doesn’t mean you have to start chewing on flowers, but that common edible flowers could potentially be used as an additive in food or supplement to prevent chronic disease, help promote health and prevent food oxidization.     But, more research is needed before the development of more applications as natural antioxidants.

2.)     Our country’s reign as the richest middle class in the world has come to an end.    So says the New York Times, reporting that Canada, which caught up to America in 2010 with a median after-tax income of $75,000 for a family of four, today is the new No. 1.   The U.S. middle class still leads countries in Europe, but the gap has narrowed substantially of late in most nations.     Despite trailing in middle class income, the United States is still the richest large country overall.

3.)     Häagen-Dazs has announced they will debut two new flavors next month.      They are health-driven as part of the company’s “Spoon Vege” line.     On May 12th, Tomato Cherry and Carrot Orange ice cream will be on shelves for the first time.     Tomato Cherry is made with cherry juice and tomato paste, while, the Carrot Orange flavor's ingredients include concentrated carrot juice, concentrated orange juice, orange peel and orange pulp.    The new Häagen-Dazs ice creams are being introduced in Japan.  The company has yet to announce plans to bring these flavors to the United States.