Products of the Year!

While some of us may be willing to buy any product - as long as it’s cheap - a lot of people are loyal to certain brands and products we’ve been relying on for years. Now, everyone may have different thoughts on what products are best, but now a new report reveals which brands get the most kudos from consumers.

Product of the Year USA has just come out with their winners of the 2019 Product of the Year Awards, based on a national study of 40,000 customers. Overall, 36 products earned honors as the most innovative products of the year.

Winners include: ( click here for the complete list)

  • Alcoholic Beverage - Strongbow Hard Ciders, 100 Cal Slim Cans 
  • Bread - ALDI Specially Selected Sliced Sourdough Round 
  • Breakfast - Del Monte Fruit & Oats 
  • Candy Bar - Butterfinger 
  • Convenience Meal - BUSH'S Savory Beans 
  • Cookie - OREO THINS BITES 
  • Frozen Entrée - Lean Cuisine Origins 
  • Household Cleaning - Scrubbing Bubbles Bubbly Bleach Gel Toilet Bowl Cleaner 
  • Household Essentials - Reynolds KITCHENS Quick Cut Plastic Wrap 
  • Ice Cream - Nightfood Ice Cream
  • Paper Towels - Brawny Tear-A-Square 
  • Skin Protection - Honu Sunscreen
  • Wine - ALDI Intermingle Red Blend 

Source: Product of the Year

If there’s anything we learned from the introduction of New Coke in the eighties is that Coca-Cola fans love their drink just the way it is. Well, they are about to get something new, and whether or not it will be a hit remains to be seen. 

Starting February 25 th , Coca-Cola is introducing a new flavor, Orange Vanilla Coke and Orange Vanilla Coke Zero Sugar. The new drink will be sold in 12-ounce cans and 20-ounce bottles, and will also be available exclusively in Wendy’s fountain dispensers through the end of the March Madness basketball tournament. Once the NCCA games are over, it will be available in all soda dispensers.

So, will it be a hit? Well Coca-Cola think so, considering they did test out a bunch of flavors before deciding on Orange Vanilla, which actually was launched in Australia and Canada last summer. Flavors that didn’t make the cut include raspberry, lemon and ginger.

This is the first time in over a decade that Coca-Cola has introduced a new flavor. The last addition was Vanilla Coke and Vanilla Coke Zero in 2007. Before that Cherry Coke Zero was added in 2007, and regular Cherry Coke was added in 1985.

Source: USA Today

Even if you’ve been with your partner for a long time and know them really well, it can still be hard to pick out the perfect Valentine’s Day present. Nailing the ideal gift can make someone feel loved and adored, but miss the mark and it’s hard to recover from that romantic fail. If you’re looking to impress your Valentine this year, here are some gifts you DON’T want to give them.

  • An envelope full of money - Cash is always appreciated by your teenage nephew, but giving a stack of bills to your special someone on Valentine’s Day? Probably not the best way to show you care.
  • A vacuum cleaner - You might think that Roomba robot vacuum will save your partner a bunch of time cleaning, but unless you know they really want that home appliance for Valentine’s Day, this is not the time to get it for them.
  • Smoothing serum - Anti-aging beauty products as a Valentine’s gift may send the message that you think your Valentine looks older, so if you’re really just trying to pamper them, go with a gift card for a massage or a facial instead.
  • Tickets to a game for your favorite sports team - If the sporting event is something you guys can enjoy as a couple, go for it. But don’t use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to splurge on expensive tickets if the one you love doesn’t care about the game or team.
  • Yellow roses - It’s all about the color here because while red roses symbolize true love, yellow ones are a symbol of friendship, so you could be sending your Valentine the message that you see the relationship as platonic.
  • A self-help book - Just because you know your S.O. gets anxious or wants to lose a few pounds doesn’t mean that it’s a good idea to get them a book on dealing with that sensitive issue. Valentine’s Day is the time to boost their confidence, not bring them down, unless you want to go home alone that night.

Source: Reader's Digest

Keto fans swear the keto diet is the best thing they’ve ever tried, but new research finds that there’s a pretty severe downside to restrictive diets, including keto. According to a new study , following a super strict eating plan like that can actually shorten your lifespan.

Scientists followed nearly half a million people for 25 years, tracking their diets and comparing how long they live. And it turns out, those who get less than 40% or more than 70% of their calories from carbs are more likely to die than those who ate some amount between those numbers. Keto calls for sourcing only five to 10% of your daily calories from carbs, so it’s definitely outside the ideal zone the study suggests. Other high fat, low-carb diets including paleo, Atkins, and Whole30 fall into that restrictive category, too.

So basically, your diet needs balance to keep you healthy and have you stick around longer. What should we be eating then? Study authors suggest a diet “rich in plant-based whole foods such as vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts is associated with healthy aging.” And once again, science says a quick fix isn’t as good for us as moderation, which always seems to be key.

Source: Shape

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