The new unit, which will reportedly have a beta launch in early 2009, will remain the same size as an eight-valve soda machine by using highly concentrated ingredients to store more beverages. According to the company, switching in a new drink for the 100-flavor units will be "as easy as changing a print cartridge."
This could take an indecisive fountain drinker's soda-mixing habits to the extreme, or it could have zero impact on a diehard Diet Coke drinker. What do you think of this technology? Is it cool, or does it make a mundane thing unnecessarily complicated?
Think one or two colas a day are A-OK? Think again.
A recent study has found that drinking two or more colas a day — whether artificially sweetened or not — is linked to a twofold risk of chronic kidney disease. The reasoning? The high levels of phosphoric acid found in colas seem to increase the risk of kidney stones, renal failure and other conditions affecting the kidneys — all for a brown fizzy beverage.
The good news? Drinking two or more noncola carbonated drinks a day, like bubble water, did not increase the risk. So get your fizz fix elsewhere and cut back on the cola to decrease your risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity, and kidney problems.
What if I offered you a soda, but I couldn't tell you what kind it was, would you still want it? Singapore based beverage company Out of the Box is hoping that you will. Banking on customer apathy, they've recently launched two new brands of soda, Anything and Whatever. The Anything soda is carbonated and comes in Cola with Lemon, Apple, Fizz Up, Cloudy Lemon and Root Beer. The Whatever soda is non-carbonated and comes in Ice Lemon Tea, Peach Tea, Jasmine Green Tea, White Grape Tea, Apple Tea and Chrysanthemum Tea. The big catch is that you won't know which Anything or Whatever you're getting until you open the can.
So what will ya have? Anything or Whatever?
Source: Trend Hunter
You've heard the phrase "open source" before, haven't you? If so, then you know it usually relates to software (where the source code is "open" to everyone to see and make changes to). Well, some folks got together and decided to start a soda company called OpenCola. And guess what, the "source" (or in this case the recipe) is open to the public.
Sadly, the company is now defunct (it was originally meant to be a promotional product for computer trade shows), but the recipes and instructions are available to anyone who wants to try his or her own hand at making soda.
Download the pdf "Source Code" (aka brewing instructions) and see what you come up with.
Source: Everything Else
Taking calcium supplements might not help maintain bone density in the areas where frequent fractures occur (the head of the thigh bone or the vertebrae). Bummer. I just found this out and wanted to share with you 5 things that do affect your bone density.
- Drinking more than three colas per week can decrease bone density.
- Drinking more than one alcoholic drink a day also affects bone density negatively.
- Gender - women are 4 times as likely as men to lose bone density and develop osteoporosis. Can't change that one, but good to be informed about your bones.
- Age - around the mid 30s we begin to lose bone strength. You build bones until about 20 years of age and generally maintain that density for 15 years or so.
- Weight training!!! Lifting weights helps to strengthen bones as well as muscles. Another reason to add strength training into your routine.
I think it is fairly obvious that I am pro water and anti soda. It seems that the evidence against soda keeps stacking up. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition recently released a study on bone density and cola consumption. They found that women who drank cola regularly, diet not excluded, had significantly less bone density mass. This means those women have a higher risk for developing osteoporosis, the brittle bone disease that approximately 55% of Americans are at risk of developing.
By "drink regularly" they mean only 5 servings of cola per week. The good news for all of you soda drinkers is that non-cola soft drinks did not affect bone density in the same way.
The culprit could be the caffeine found in soda, because the potentially harmful effect was less for decaffeinated cola. Researchers think that the phosphorus content of the drinks may be the issue. The scary news is the more colas the women drank, the lower their bone mineral density. Yikes!!!
I say it is time to drink more water and all those un-colas out there. Or make your own juice spritzers with carbonated water and a splash of fruit juice. Car