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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.

Breaking news: ‘We knew that if we could pull this off we could change hydration forever’

Oil and water do mix: FATwater launched by Bulletproof CEO for ‘extreme hydration’

FATwater, a beverage which fuses water with nanoparticles of oil, has been launched by Bulletproof Coffee creator Dave Asprey. 

Smart Wine Bottle tackles counterfeit in Chinese market

A ‘Smart Wine Bottle’ is being used to help a wine company ensure its authentic products are reaching consumers in China, rather than counterfeit goods.

You are what you drink: Researchers develop healthy beverage index to assess consumption

US researchers have created a ‘healthy beverage index’ – a scoring system designed to measure the quality of beverage intake and help prompt healthy drink choices.

Are low-calorie sweeteners helpful for weight loss? The answer may depend on study design…

Lack of media differentiation between different study designs has helped warp public perception of low- and no-calorie sweeteners, according to registered dietitian and diabetes educator Hope Warshaw.

Too much orange juice may raise skin cancer risk – but citrus virtues should not be forgotten

A US study has associated orange juice with the risk of melanoma, but the Florida Department of Citrus is urging caution over ‘careless coverage’ of the findings.

Study linking sugary drinks to high death tolls ‘cannot show cause and effect,’ say industry bodies

Industry bodies around the globe have slammed a US study which attributes 184,000 deaths a year to sugary drinks, saying its authors fail to show cause and effect or prove...

The apéritif effect: Alcohol’s impact on the brain’s response to food aromas

Although research into the ‘apéritif effect’ (where alcohol increases food consumption) is well-documented, a study has linked the brain, as well as the gut, to the phenomenon. 

Canadian firm to debut blended solution for vegetarian protein, fiber fortification

Canadian supplier Dealers Ingredients plans to debut its Profi one-stop solution for vegetarian protein and fiber fortification at the upcoming Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) trade show in Chicago....

Sugary drinks linked to high death tolls worldwide: Global prevention plans needed, say researchers

Consumption of sugary drinks may lead to an estimated 184,000 adult deaths each year worldwide, according to research, which warns of an urgent need for strong global prevention programs.

Cranberry juice could help lower diabetes and heart disease risk

Consumption of a low-calorie cranberry juice cocktail could help lower the risk of chronic diseases including heart disease, diabetes and stroke, say researchers from the United States Department of Agriculture...

Sugary drinks duty of 20% could lead to 2,400 fewer diabetes cases, says study

A 20% duty on sugary drinks in England could result in 2,400 fewer cases of type 2 diabetes and 1,700 fewer cases of stroke and coronary heart disease, according to...

Resveratrol may turn white fat into ‘healthier’ brown-like fat

Resveratrol, a polyphenol from grapes and red wine, may convert excess white fat into calorie-burning brown-like fat, suggests a new study from Washington State University.

Fructose could lead to lower brain reward than glucose

Fructose may lead to overeating by creating fewer reward signals in the brain, suggests a small pilot study published in PLOS ONE.

Dispatches from CocoTea2015, Portugal

What do coffee and music have in common? Words of wisdom from the International Congress on Cocoa, Coffee and Tea

Do emotions influence coffee drinking? What value could be found in spent coffee grounds? What parallels can be drawn between coffee and wine? 

Special edition: Immune support

Researchers prescribe more red wine to give Kiwis immune boost

Auckland employers should be encouraging their staff to drink red wine after research from the city linked one of wine's key compounds with fewer sick days from work for the...

Brain hormone could help distinguish sugar and zero calorie sweeteners

Fruit flies have a set of neurones that fire only when they encounter real sugar – triggering the release of a hormone that is not released when they eat a...

Mobile payments, matching snacks and facial recognition: Douwe Egberts on coffee vending revolution

Coffee vending machines are evolving: mobile payments, the offer of complementing snacks, and even machines with facial recognition software are innovations helping boost consumer confidence, according to Douwe Egberts Professional.

Clear Coffee targets health conscious consumers – and their teeth

A Slovakian entrepreneur has developed Clear Coffee, a transparent coffee designed to appeal to health conscious consumers – in particular those who want to keep their teeth white. 

Patent watch

Abbott Labs files patent for ‘better tasting’ nutritional powders

Abbott Laboratories has filed an international patent for a process it says allows it to produce better-tasting powders with improved nutrient content.

Daily sugary drink habit linked to liver disease

Consumption of a sugar-sweetened drink on a daily basis may be associated with an increased risk of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), say researchers.

HEALTHY AND FUNCTIONAL DAIRY SPECIAL EDITION 2015

Chocolate milk sweetened with stevia or monk fruit 'acceptable' to US kids and parents: Study

Chocolate milk partially sweetened with stevia or monk fruit extracts is "acceptable" to both America parents and children, a study has found. 

Green tea supplement backed for prostate cancer reduction: RCT findings

Consumption of a green tea extract has been suggested to reduce rates of cancer in certain indiviuals while reducing levels of the cancer biomarker prostate-specific antigen (PSA), say researchers.

Boys more vulnerable to junk food adverts than girls

Research suggests boys eat more fast food and are more susceptible to junk food marketing than girls, prompting renewed calls for limits on advertising to children.

Orange juice could help improve brain function in the elderly: Study

Orange juice’s flavanones could help provide ‘brain boosting nutrients’ in diets which aim to reduce the effects of cognitive decline, according to researchers at the University of Reading. 

Australia

Wine school will study viniculture advances in face of climate change

A wine research centre that will help the industry face up to challenges posed by climate change, water restrictions and changing consumer preferences has been launched at the University of...

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