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Do diet sodas spur weight gain or help lessen America's obesity epidemic? Does moderate wine consumption help the kidneys? Do thinking men prefer Pepsi to Coke? Stay up to date with all the latest beverage research in this section of BeverageDaily.com.

Patent-pending technology on Johnnie Walker Blue Label goes beyond QR codes

Not just any old bottle: Diageo ‘smart bottle’ thwarts counterfeiters and boosts consumer experience

Diageo and Thin Film Electronics have released a prototype Johnnie Walker Blue Label ‘smart bottle,’ which can assure consumers of authenticity, help the industry track the product, and ‘completely change...

‘Regular black tea may be relevant for cardiovascular protection’: Unilever study

Black tea may help lower blood pressure for people with elevated levels, says a new study from Unilever R&D that adds to the potential health benefits of the beverage and...

Red wine compound may help prevent memory loss

A compound found in red wine could help prevent age-related decline in memory, according to a study in the journal Scientific Reports. 

Australia

Beer researchers look for the secrets behind the perfect head

Queensland researchers have begun a study to prescribing the unique molecular signature of Queensland’s iconic XXXX beer.

Drinking wine could help you burn fat, say US researchers

Drinking wine could help people burn fat better, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. 

Mid-life crisis: Heavy drinking in middle age ups stroke risk more than high blood pressure: study

Heavy drinking in middle age could be a bigger factor in the risk of stroke, compared to other well-known factors such as high blood pressure and diabetes, according to a...

2001 Grape Odyssey! Scientists create unmanned ‘VineRobot’ for vineyards

Scientists are developing a ‘vine robot’ to collect information from grape vines quickly and reliably, helping farmers make production decisions easily.    

Grape seed flour’s metabolic benefits linked to gut changes: Study

Supplements containing Chardonnay grape seed flour may beneficially alter the gut microbiota and their metabolic processes, says a new study with hamsters.

Drinking beer could help ward off dementia, says study

Drinking beer could slow the development of forms of degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, according to a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. ...

Researchers find key mechanism in green tea anti-cancer properties

Green tea and apple compound epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) may trigger a process which sees oral cancer cells killed while healthy cells are left untouched, according to US researchers.

STUDY TRACKED 5,500 US GIRLS FROM 1996-2001

Sugar-sweetened drinks linked to earlier period onset in teen girls and thus higher breast cancer risk

Harvard researchers say that teenage girls who regularly quaff drinks with added sugars tend to start their menstrual periods earlier in life than those who don’t, which increases their later...

Chlorophyll, not riboflavin, main cause of 'sun light flavour' in milk: Nofima

Chlorophyll - the photosensitive compound that gives plants their green colour - is the main cause of "sun light flavour" in milk, Norwegian scientists claim....

Hydrogen sulfide-preventing yeast: developer to expand to new markets in 2015

Music to wine's ears: Renaissance Yeast ups the tempo with product launches and sales crescendo

After launching its technology last year, a Canadian business is upping the tempo on its ‘renaissance’ of wine yeasts. 

Coffee is the new sunscreen? Study links consumption to reduced melanoma risk

Researchers suggest drinking four or more cups of coffee a day could decrease the risk of melanoma by 20%, saying it is possible that the drink has a ‘protective role’...

Green tea extract may boost ‘metabolic efficiency’ and help endurance training: Human data

Supplements of green tea extract may enhance performance in active men by improving metabolic efficiency and economy, says a new study.

Pulp fiction? Oranges vs orange juice: ACS study asks which is healthier

Researchers have pitted oranges and orange juice against each other, in an effort to find out which is better for health.  

High blood pressure? Just beet it! Beetroot juice lowers blood pressure in UK study

Drinking a cup of beetroot juice every day can ‘significantly lower blood pressure’ among patients with high blood pressure, according to a study in the journal Hypertension.

A glass of wine a day keeps heart failure away? Researchers link moderate alcohol intake to reduced risk

Consuming up to seven drinks a week could lower the risk of developing heart failure, according to a study published today in the European Heart Journal. 

An underwater cellar: Californian winery ages wine under the sea

A California winery is aging wine not in cellars, but in the depths of the ocean – a method it believes could revolutionize the way the industry thinks about the process.

Canadian school milk consumption down when flavored options removed: Study

School milk consumption fell by 48% in a sample of Canadian elementary schools when flavored offerings were removed.

Gut bacteria that digest beer and bread aid development of new prebiotics

Bacteria that have evolved to help us digest the yeast that give beer and bread their bubbles could also help to fight off yeast infections and autoimmune diseases such as...

Milk and milk drinks 'more effective rehydration options' than Powerade: Study

Milk and milk-based beverages can be more effective than traditional sports drinks at replacing fluid lost during exercise, the findings of an Australian study suggest.

PATENT WATCH

Resveratrol…Not for heart health but to preserve wine in cans!

Australia's Barokes Wines has applied to patent a process whereby beverage containers are coated with a layer including resveratrol - not to boost heart health but to better preserve wine.

Fraunhofer polymer powder cuts beverage quality testing time

Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute has co-developed a new polymer powder to detect harmful microorganisms in beer and other beverages that it claims will dramatically shorten testing times.

Soft drinks linked to depressive symptoms among Chinese adults: Study

Higher consumption of soft drinks correlates with higher prevalence of depressive symptoms, according to a cross-sectional study of the Chinese adult population.

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