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Life in Brief — week of March 23

Checkout 51 rewards savers with cash back
There’s a new website and app that rewards shoppers for taking advantage of its deals: Checkout 51.

Shoppers either sign up on www.checkout51.com or load the free app. Every Thursday, they receive an email with that week’s offers; the offers are good through midnight Wednesday.

Shoppers can pick the offers they like, buy the item at any store and then upload their receipt to Checkout 51’s website or app. Once the shopper reaches $20 in Cash Back Offers, Checkout 51 sends a check in the mail.

Here are some tips to make the most of Checkout 51:

• Visit the website on Thursdays to see the latest offers.

• Print a list of the offers and use it when planning your shopping trip.

• Upload the receipt on the day of purchase. If you upload the receipt after the offers have expired (Wednesday at midnight), you will not be rewarded.

• Be sure to purchase the exact offer. Look at size and variety to be sure it’s correct.

— Tara McAlister

The Charlotte Observer

Hints from Heloise:

Plastic bag in cup holds leftovers without spills

Nikole in San Antonio writes: When we have family gatherings, we often divvy up leftovers. Instead of giving away all of the host’s plastic storage containers, we use large, zippered plastic bags. For items that need to be poured (like beans or gravy), my sister-in-law taught me a trick. She places a zippered plastic bag into a large cup, folds the edge over the lip of the cup and then pours the contents in. No more spills!

— King Features

Study finds raw milk doesn’t ease symptoms
A pilot study failed to show something many people believe — that drinking raw milk reduces the symptoms of lactose intolerance or malabsorption.

The condition is common worldwide, and can lead to bloating, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Current coping strategies include not drinking milk, drinking lactose-free dairy products, taking lactase enzyme tablets and other behaviors, but none of those eliminate the symptoms, researchers from Stanford University wrote in the Annals of Family Medicine.

Late last year the American Academy of Pediatrics warned pregnant women and children not to drink raw milk and said it supports a nationwide ban on its sale because of the danger of bacterial illnesses. But advocates say raw milk is delicious and provides health benefits, including protection against asthma and lactose intolerance.

The pilot study’s participants, who identified themselves as lactose intolerant and suffering symptoms that were moderate to severe, drank raw whole milk, pasteurized whole milk, and soy milk — all vanilla flavored to prevent them from detecting which was which. They drank specified amounts and were tested at many points for lactose malabsorption.

The trial “provided no evidence that raw milk is better tolerated by adults positive for lactose malabsorption, either objectively or subjectively,” the researchers wrote.

— Mary MacVean

Los Angeles Times



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