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US study finds bovine DNA in nearly 10% of breast milk bought online

Almost 10% of breast milk samples bought online by a team of US researchers contained bovine DNA.

“Bamboo Water can reach the amazing eco and health conscious movement on our planet”

Not just for pandas: Could Bamboo Water be the next ‘superdrink’?

Bamboo Water could harness the neglected nutritional properties of bamboo leaves to create a drink that is both healthy and ecologically sustainable, says the co-founder of Bamboo Beverages. 

Taste beyond the tongue: How do other senses influence flavour?

Taste is much more complex than the experience of basic flavours on the tongue – it also encompasses our other senses to a larger degree than most people realise, according...

What do we know about caffeine and Alzheimer's?

It is ‘imperative’ more research is conducted on the potential benefits of caffeine in the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer's disease, say scientists.

Energy drink TV adverts are placed on channels that appeal to teens: US study

US energy drink manufacturers primarily advertise on television channels that appeal to adolescents, according to a study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

Dispatches from Food Vision, Cannes

Friend or foe: Can big beverage brands and small start-ups work together?

Big beverage companies now recognise the speed and energy of start-ups, but corporations maintain the might and muscle when it comes to distribution. So could both worlds work together?

dispatches from Food Vision, Cannes

Salty, sour, spicy, bitter: Will soft drinks ever go beyond sweet?

Will ‘sweet’ always be superior in the soft drink category? Or will consumers embrace the whole world of senses and suss out alternative tastes?

Australia

Acid from wine tasting can soften teeth ‘within minutes’

Researchers from the University of Adelaide have discovered that the acid in wine can make teeth vulnerable to erosion within just minutes.

A meeting of wines: Geisenheim University and Wine Intelligence join forces

A new collaboration agreement between two wine knowledge powerhouses could yield joint research as well as scientific and market analysis and testing services for commercial wine producers.

Beer with superfoods: Dr Jekyll's adds twist to the US craft beer market

Ale with gingko leaves, walnut oil, hawthorne berry, and even garlic: a group of Californian entrepreneurs are mixing beer with superfoods in their brand Dr. Jekyll’s. 

Special edition: Joy in juice and smoothies

'A surprisingly good taste': Tropicana files patent to tackle aftertaste in calcium fortified juice

PepsiCo brand Tropicana has developed a method that blends calcium sources to overcome aftertaste issues in fortified juices. 

Special edition: joy in juice and smoothies

Carotenoid chameleons: Scientists chart how orange juice changes color

Color degration of pasteurized orange juice is influenced by storage temperature and time, with several carotenoids (pigments) affected in different ways. But other reactions could have a major impact on...

Bad habits? Frequent drinking becomes more popular in middle age: Study

Teenagers may favor irregular heavy drinking, but frequent drinking becomes more popular during and after middle age, according to a UK study.

Aged for 170 years: What shipwrecked beer can teach the industry

Analysing beer from shipwrecks can teach today’s industry about how drink ages, and offer ideas for reducing microbial spoilage, say scientists. 

Straw format to help Ganeden deliver probiotics with shelf stable beverages

Probiotics specialist Ganeden has announced a new application, one that straddles the supplement /food divide. The company has partnered with BioGaia to place its Ganeden BC30 into a line of...

Sports drinks aren’t enough to boost performance - salt may help: Research

Salt supplementation may improve exercise performance according to Spanish researchers – but health claims for sodium are still not authorised.

Shake it up! Multi-flavored Shaka milk changes flavor with each sip, inventor claims

A retired chemistry professor from Iowa has developed a multi-flavored milk that changes flavor with every sip, and now hopes to license out the concept.

Science short

Daily coffee polyphenols can reduce diabetes risk, say Japanese researchers

Japanese researchers have found coffee polyphenols can reduce type 2 diabetes risk via an insulin-regulating intestinal peptide.

3-5 cups of coffee a day may help keep artery blockages away

People who consume between three to five cups of coffee a day may have a lower risk of coronary artery calcium build-up, which can lead to artery blockages, according to...

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...

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