This Video Debunks 10 Misconceptions About Your Favorite Beverages

To be clear – tap water is more heavily regulated than bottled water, and the presenter makes sure to say that the actual water quality depends on location (obviously Flint and WV are outliers).

Research group orchestrated by Coca-Cola has disbanded amid criticism

Well, that escalated quickly ūüėČ

Following news that Coca-Cola’s chief scientist is stepping down, the controversial academic research group set up and funded by the beverage maker has now disbanded.

Source: Research group orchestrated by Coca-Cola has disbanded amid criticism

Look, Coke, just embrace the fact that you sell an unhealthy product.¬† Stop embarrassing yourselves by pretending it’s a healthy lifestyle choice.¬† You don’t see Krispy Kreme, Frito-Lays, or Hershey’s trying that, and they’re pretty much doing fine.

Chief Coca-Cola Scientist Leaves Amid Criticism Over Obesity Research

Rhona Applebaum, Coca-Cola’s chief scientist and health officer, is stepping down from the company.

The news follows reports that Applebaum helped set up a nonprofit research group tasked with downplaying the role of sugary drinks in the obesity epidemic and highlighting the benefits of exercise.

Source: Chief Coca-Cola scientist leaves amid criticism over obesity research

Excessive sugar consumption is basically the new health crisis, as smoking was in the 20th century.

We all know it’s harmful, and sugar consumption is getting out of control. But with enough uncertainty, doubt and ambivalence, the purveyors of sugary products will continue to thrive without needing to alter their products.

The exercise debate is a pure distraction. For the average person, burning off the 150 calories in a can of Coke or Pepsi would require 20 minutes of circuit training. Most people are going to be better off just cutting out their daily can of Coke than trying to fit in an extra 20 minutes of exercise per day to compensate.

Coca-Cola is a Healthy Snack? How Company Promotes that Message

If a column in honor of heart health suggests a can of Coke as a snack, you might want to read the fine print.

The world’s biggest beverage maker, which struggles with declining soda consumption in the U.S., is working with fitness and nutrition experts who suggest its cola as a healthy treat. In February, for instance, several wrote online pieces for American Heart Month, with each including a mini-can of Coke or small soda as a snack idea.

Source: Coke is a healthy snack: How company pays to get out that message

I don’t think anyone out there is fooled by the advertisement.¬† If they read it at all…¬† I had encountered an article suggesting that soda/pop could be considered hydrating because it is designed to make you drink more of it.¬† And it is a diuretic, so there is some credence to flushing your system.¬† But there’s other things to consider:

5 Ways to Make Old, Stale Wine Tasty Again

Using things is always superior to wasting them, but squandering alcohol is an especially galling dissipation because alcohol is delicious and excellent. Most of the hard stuff has a long shelf life, but if you uncork a bottle of wine and forget to finish it off within a few days, it gets vinegary and bilious-tasting. Especially after a housewarming party or dinner shindig or any other occasion where a bunch of people show up at your house bearing fermented grape drinks, the potential volume of wine down the drain can amp up to tragic.

Have no fear, fellow worshippers of Dionysus’ debauched goblet! You can salvage old stanky wine* in a number of different beverage combinations that will impress and intoxicate guests without making them question why you didn’t just buy new wine

Source: 5 Ways to Make Old, Stale Wine Tasty Again

* If unsure, send to me for professional testing.  Unopened bottles are preferred, and scientific testing requires a case minimum.

Coke: Making Milk (Not Dairy?), Costs 2x As Much

The product is called Fairlife and it will sell for twice the price of regular milk when it hits store shelves nationally in December, Coca-Cola’s North American chief Sandy Douglas said at Morgan Stanley’s Global Consumer Conference last week.

…The milk doesn’t contain lactose, and it has 50% more protein and calcium than regular milk, as well as 30% less sugar.

Source: Coca-Cola is making a new kind of milk that costs twice as much

Like other words in our vocabulary (“literally”, “hysteria”), you now have to be explicit about what milk actually is: dairy, sustainable, synthetic, ¬†almond, soy, etc… ¬†It’s become a marketing term, in the same way that cricket/insect flour is not flour.

I’m curious to learn how this “milk” is produced, though on paper it’ll serve for those who are lactose intolerant. ¬†But I don’t think it’s the “premiumization” of milk when alternatives have existed for a long time.

10 Foods to Supercharge Your Sport?

In their quest for the ultimate performance nutrition, cyclists and sports scientists will turn their taste buds to anything from a cousin of cannabis to the afterburn effects of a curry.

Source: 10 foods to supercharge your cycling

The info about celery is new to me. ¬†I understood celery to be a “diet” food – it was one of the few that took more energy to consume than you got from it. ¬†Hemp seeds have been fashionable, but you could get similar benefits by using a combination of sesame, sunflower and pumpkin seeds. ¬†Similarly, there’s been a push for Maple syrup uptake… ¬†But flat coke? ¬†Given that soda pop has been shown to shorten telomeres

Food Fight: POM Wonderful vs Coca-Cola

A food fight at the U.S. Supreme Court ended in a unanimous decision on Thursday.

The justices ruled that POM Wonderful can go forward with a lawsuit alleging Coca-Cola Co. tricked consumers and stole business from POM with false and misleading juice labels.

The case centers on a product aimed at health-conscious consumers: pomegranate-blueberry juice.

Source: POM Wonderful Wins A Round In Food Fight With Coca-Cola

7 Up Used to Contain Lithium

Many know that Coca-Cola contained cocaine, but did you know:

When it was initially released, the lemon-lime soda that we know as 7 Up was clumsily calledBib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda. “Bib-Label” referred to the paper labels on the bottle, and “Lemon-Lime Soda” obviously referred to the flavor. The “Lithiated” bit, of course, refers to the lithium citrate that inventor C.L. Grigg hoped would make the drink seem more healthy. The drink was also marketed as “slenderizing,” which is ironic because weight gain is now a known side effect of lithium.

…It’s unclear when 7 Up phased lithium citrate out of its recipe, but it did. So if you’re feeling down, don’t drink 7 Up. See a doctor. Then, when you get home, go ahead and drink a 7 Up. The soft drink is still very refreshing, even without the mood stabilizing elements.

Source: 7 Up used to contain lithium