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Date:10/30/2007

not eat any grain. While some claims may not be verified, producers can also elect to be "USDA verified" and consumers who want the most assurance should look for both labels. According to the November issue of Consumer Reports on Health, beef from only grass-fed animals contains about half the saturated fat of corn-fed beef, and higher levels of two potentially beneficial fats: omega-3 fatty acids, also found in fish, and conjugated linoleic acid, which some studies have suggested helps protect against obesity, clogged arteries, and possibly diabetes. Grass-fed beef is usually raised without antibiotics, hormones, or rendered animal byproducts, which may harbor mad-cow disease. Organic beef is always raised without those ingredients; however, the animals might eat grain, in addition, which would diminish the nutritive benefit described above.

WINTER BLUES: WHEN TO CONSIDER DRUGS

In a special report available online at http://www.ConsumerReports.org/health, Consumer Reports answers five questions about winter depression. CR has guidance for people concerned about the winter blues and best treatments. How can people tell if they're suffering from winter depression? CR notes that some symptoms are similar to those associated with other types of depression, such as sadness, fatigue, excessive sleepiness, social withdrawal, and trouble concentrating. But people with SAD also tend to move slowly, crave carbohydrates, and gain weight. Compared with those with conventional depression, people with SAD are less likely to have feelings of worthlessness or thoughts of suicide. Visit Consumer Reports online for the full report about winter blues and when prescription drugs can be helpful.

FIRST LOOK: BREYERS FAT FREE DOUBLE CHURN ICE CREAM

Consumer Reports last reported on "churned" ice cream in August, 2004, when CR gave a pretty good review of Dreyer's/Edy's light ice cream. Now Breyer
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