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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.

'The first such patented drinks ever been made in the world': Hydro One CEO Sammy Nasrollahi

Diabetes busting cinnamon: Hydro One drinks score US patent triumph

Hydro One Beverages has won a US patent for healthy soft drinks line REVd that uses a special cinnamon extract to tackle problems associated with high blood sugar such as...

‘Salted not stirred y’all?’ Texas sold on salty vodka

The most popular Texan vodkas are those that are slightly salty, US researchers have found, as the spirit’s popularity soars in the Lone Star State known for its love of...

The FoodNavigator Forum

How does sugar affect health? Find out at FoodNavigator’s Sugar Debate: Separating Fact from Fiction

Sugar – at least in excess – has been blamed for everything from heart disease to obesity and cancers in recent months. But is it as bad as all that?

Brewing bioactives: Newly identified hop leaf polyphenols have potential to ward off dental disease

Hop leaves that are discarded during beer brewing are packed with antioxidant polyphenols that could protect against dental disease, say researchers.

OBESE ADULTS REPLACE LOST CALORIES WITH EVEN MORE SOLID FOOD - ACADEMICS FIND

Diet drinks alone can't bear US obesity burden, and may even worsen it...

Obese US adults drink ‘significantly more’ solid food and consume more calories than obese peers favoring sugar-sweetened drinks, says a large-scale study questioning the impact of diet drinks on weight...

News in brief

Drastic French sperm slump linked to wine pesticides

Pesticides in wine may be responsible for a drastic drop in French men's sperm count, according to a large-scale study.

Researchers develop tool to unlock genetics of grape growing

University of Adelaide researchers have developed a new web-based tool to help unlock the complex genetics and biological processes behind grapevine development.

Special edition: Pre & Probiotics

What is gut health? That's the blurry 800-pound gorilla in the room

In discussing gut health it’s wise to keep in mind the words of the late United States Supreme Court justice Potter Stewart when discussing a 1964 obscenity case.  Pornography, Stewart...

THE PACKAGING CONFERENCE 2014

Avantium nears launch of PlantBottle competitor

Avantium Chemical has reported it is fast approaching commercialization of a bio-based polyester packaging material that could give the PlantBottle a run for its money.

Robotic ‘tongue’ tipped to cut beer fraud

Scientists have developed an electronic tongue to distinguish between different beers with 82% accuracy and claim the invention could be used to improve product quality and reduce fraud.

Food 'compensation' means diet drinks are not a weight loss solution, warn researchers

Overweight and obese adults who drink sugar-free or diet beverages consume more calories from food than overweight people who drink regular soda, according to new data.

Not-so-boozy weekends damage student DNA, study

Even relatively light weekend drinking may damage student DNA, according to study results that have surprised Spanish and Mexican researchers.

COFFEE IN MODERATION AS HYDRATING AS WATER: STUDY

Four cups of Nescafé a day keeps dehydration at bay?

UK scientists suggest they have debunked the myth that coffee causes dehydration and claim that moderate consumption provides similar hydrating qualities to water.

‘You old smoothie!’ Scientists test beta-carotene rich beauty beverage

Scientists are researching whether a specially formulated fruit smoothie rich in beta-carotene can make people appear better looking and feel healthier.

‘Dangerous conflicts of interest’ mar soft drinks obesity research?

Scientists receiving research funding from big beverage firms such as Coke or Pepsi are five times more likely to conclude in review studies that there is no link between soft...

Common sense science: The studies we didn't cover in 2013...

Every day, FoodNavigator scans the scientific journals to bring you the most interesting developments in food science – but there are many that make us wonder why they were conducted...

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.

News in brief

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.

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...

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.

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.