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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.

Artificial sweeteners raise stroke and dementia risk, study claims

Drinking at least one artificially sweetened beverage daily may increase the risk of developing stroke or dementia compared to those who consumed this drink less than once a week.

New insights reveal how stevia controls blood sugar levels

How stevia controls blood sugar levels has remained a mystery until now as researchers think they have unravelled the natural, no-calorie sweetener's action that results in its observed health benefits.

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‘The kettle’s always on at Box Steam Brewery!’

Produced by hand using a steam copper, Box Steam Brewery 'transforms the fine malts and the best hops into quality beers', while minimizing the impact on the environment. Philip Downes,...

Portion limit strategies no guarantee in reducing sugar drink intake

Providing smaller drink sizes to consumers with unlimited refills increases individual consumption of sugary drinks. However the opposite was true when the consumer had to get their own refill. 

Analytical methods to detect coffee adulteration reviewed

Approaches to test the accuracy of claims for samples of roast ground coffee have been reviewed by researchers.

Blues-busters: Study shows blueberry juice antioxidants ease stress

A blueberry drink a day can help keep stress away, suggests a study which found blueberry’s antioxidant power improved the cognitive performance of adult rats exposed to stress.

Lactips creates edible plastic packaging from milk protein

Lactips has developed an edible plastic made from milk protein (casein), claiming it has enormous potential for intelligent packaging in the food and beverage industry.

More than half of consumers think 'hybrid beverages' are a pricey gimmick, Mintel survey finds

Despite the emerging trend of blurring category lines in the functional beverage sector, many consumers still hesitate to believe the claims and attributes on pack, let alone make a purchase,...

Advances in wearable Smart Glasses will outpace handheld technology

By the end of the year, manufacturers will see ‘transformational’ wearable technology in the consumer market, which will overtake sales of handheld devices, says NSF International.

Beetroot juice may boost performance in soccer players: RCT

Consuming beetroot juice may improve high-intensity intermittent-type exercise performance, says a new study with trained soccer players.

Tea drinking slashes the risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease: Singapore population-based analysis

Tea consumption halves the risk of cognitive impairment for people 55 years old and above, and also dramatically reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease among those at greater genetic risk.

First ever antibacterial metal surfaces to be trialed in dairy

A European team of researchers led by the University of Parma, is developing what it claims is the first ever fluid‐repellent, antibacterial metal surfaces in the food and beverage industry....

AB InBev to bring beer to Mars

AB InBev has announced ambitious plans to bring a “microgravity” beer to Mars, a mission that will likely take decades to accomplish.

Businesses make €14 for every €1 spent on reducing food waste: Study

The average company investing in food waste reduction will see a fourteen fold return on their investments and half will see substantially more, says a new report. 

Caffeine may protect brain against dementia, study shows

Caffeine could ward off dementia and other neurodegenerative conditions by enhancing the abilities of protective enzymes, say researchers.

Probiotics in space testing is ready for lift off, says Yakult

Yakult is ready to begin carrying out tests on the consumption of probiotics in space, by undertaking experiments on astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS).

Fraunhofer and Döhler looking at microfluidics for beverage safety

Fraunhofer and Döhler are working together to develop a microbiological detection method based on microfluidics.

Will acacia gum finally get the clean-label recognition it wants?

Acacia gum is 100% natural, non-GMO, organic, gluten-free and applicable in almost every area of the food industry. Why does it have a chequered past, and how can it obtain...

Researchers to improve the quality of aged brandy

Itene (Packaging, Transport and Logistics Institute) has partnered with the Agricultural Research and Training Institute of Andalucía (Ifapa) to determine the factors that influence the quality of aged brandy, in...

‘Gluten-removed’ beer not as safe as ‘gluten-free’ beer for those with celiac disease, study suggests

Beers labeled as “gluten-removed” may not be safe for those with celiac disease (CD) to consume, a study by the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) has found. 

Plant sterol fortified soy milk shows inflammation benefits: Singapore study

Soy milk fortified with combination of plant sterols can alleviate lipid peroxidation and inflammation, a Singapore clinical trial has concluded.

ISM/ProSweets 2017

Cola-flavored biscuits: Döhler borrows from beverages for bakery concepts

Döhler showcased an array of concepts for the bakery industry inspired by drinks at ProSweets.

Sweet and spicy flavours add beverage calories, study notes

Individuals are piling on excess calories by sweetening or adding spice to their coffee or tea, according to a study from the US.

New smartphone app measures water stress of grapevines

Grapegrowers in Australia are trialling a new smartphone app that helps them measure the water status of their vines. 

Does caffeine keep you younger for longer? Stanford study thinks so

The anti-inflammatory properties of caffeine may be why coffee drinkers live longer, says a Nature study, in which its research team provide proof for the compound’s role in heart health....

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