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PROF JEFFREY BLUMBERG NOTES 'SIGNIFICANT ADVANCE' IN TEA SCIENCE

Turning over a new leaf in 2013: The year tea turned hot...

In 2013 Unilever called tea the 'hottest beverage in the world' and recent research on its health benefits presents opportunities for industry innovation, with drinks like Lipton Natural Energy already...

Probiota 2014, February 4-5, Amsterdam

Probiota 2014: The ultimate pre- and probiotic science-business blend

Probiota 2014 – relocated from Brussels to Amsterdam and organised by NutraIngredients – will bring together the finest scientific and commercial minds operating in the pre- and probiotic sector in...

Study: Coffee and cigarettes can battle rare liver disease

Coffee drinkers (male) and cigarette smokers (both genders) have less chance of developing a rare liver condition, Norwegian researchers have found.

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007: Licence to kill…yourself with booze James Bond?

James Bond’s fondness for Vodka Martini cocktails and wine would leave Her Majesty’s top agent useless between the sheets and facing an early death, according to UK researchers.

Last call for scientific papers: Vitafoods and Probiota in 2014

Vitafoods Europe and Probiota 2014 – two separate events – close the period for submission of scientific and other papers this Friday. Yes in two days.

Diet drinks and satiety: Kids don’t compensate for missing calories from other sources, says study

Sugar-sweetened and sugar-free beverages produce similar satiety in children, says a new study that challenges the oft-quoted hypothesis that artificially sweetened drinks make people crave sweeter foods or serve as...

Grape seed extract may kill prostate cancer

A component found in grape seed extract (GSE) could be effective in killing prostate cancer cells, according to a study in the Nutrition and Cancer journal.

Energy drink study leader: We did not state that a short-term increase in heart contraction rate is a health concern

The lead researcher behind a high-profile paper showing energy drinks increase heart contraction rates has rejected claims by Monster Beverage Corp that the paper is ‘alarmist’ and stressed that “whether...

Cardiologist warns coffee heart health study doesn't apply to energy drinks

Eminent cardiologist Gordon Tomaselli has warned against applying the results of a small study linking caffeinated coffee with better blood vessel function to other products such as energy drinks.

Sugar-sweetened drinks linked to higher cancer risk: Study

Consumption of sugar sweetened beverages may be associated with an increased risk of developing endometrial cancer in postmenopausal women, according to new data.

NZ begins process to ferment place as leading lifestyle wine exporter

Winegrowers in New Zealand have embarked on their largest ever research and development project in a bid to capitalise on the world’s growing taste for so-called “lifestyle wines”, which are...

Artificial sweeteners are safe and effective tools for weight management, says obesity specialist

While consumer concerns over artificial sweeteners have been blamed - in part - for the funk the diet soda market currently finds itself in (click here ), the fact remains that...

Coffee polyphenols show heart health potential for healthy men: Study

Acute ingestion of polyphenols from coffee may improve the function of the cells lining blood vessels (endothelial cells), says a new study from Japan that supports the heart health benefits...

TECHNOLOGY ALSO CHILLS NON-ALCOHOLIC DRINKS IN CANS AND PET

Ice Cold in Alex or 45 seconds? UK device pulls off beer cooling coup

Enviro-Cool has developed a device that chills drinks cans and bottles from room temperature to 4C in 45 seconds, using 80%+ less energy than standard front drinks chillers in grocery stores.

Unilever on tea: ‘Available evidence supports tea and tea ingredients for mood and performance benefits’

Evidence from randomized control trials supports a role for tea and tea compounds – specifically L-theanine and caffeine – to benefit mood and performance, says a review from Unilever.

Beetroot juice supplementation may boost time trial performance

Drinking nitrate-rich beetroot juice for four days prior to a running time trial may boost performance, according to results of a study with trained female runners.

‘The Lightning Rod Effect’: Sulfite labels scare US wine drinkers?

US wine drinkers who blame headaches on sulfites will pay a significant premium for bottles without them, according to a study hinting at access to a ‘substantial niche’ in the...

Coffee consumption may reduce risk of liver cancer: Meta-analysis

Consumption of coffee may reduce the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common type of liver cancer, by about 40%, according to a new meta-analysis.

‘Remarkable’ results suggest environment affects Diageo whisky taste by up to 20%

Smell, taste and flavor assessments of Diageo whisky The Singleton changed by up to 20% when people sampled it in different ‘multisensory’ rooms, say Oxford University researchers.

As soda consumption decreases, biomarkers of chronic disease risk improve, says new analysis

Reductions in the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages are associated with improvements in biomarkers for chronic disease risk, says a new study from North Dakota State University.

Beyond caffeine: Alternative energy boosters

As consumer perceptions of caffeine shift and the threat of more market regulation looms, companies are scrambling to find the next blockbuster to cater to demand for energy-boosting products, says...

Red wine compound resveratrol could aid radiation treatment for cancer, claims study

Resveratrol compounds found in red wine and grape skins could make certain tumour cells more susceptible to radiation treatment, according to research from the University of Missouri.

Stevia innovation: PepsiCo tackles Reb-D solubility challenge

A patent application filed by PepsiCo describes methods of enhancing the solubility of steviol glycoside Reb-D such that it can be used in higher amounts in beverages and beverage concentrates,...

Carbonation alters our perception of sweetness, researchers find

Carbonation alters the brain's perception of sweetness and makes it difficult for the brain to determine the difference between sugar and artificial sweeteners, a new study has found.

Scientists ‘fingerprint’ firewater to bust US whiskey fraud

It’s usually something we associate with the latest season of CSI Miami but US scientists have now mastered the art of ‘fingerprinting’ fire water to help crack whisky fraud.