By Christine Sismondo Special to the Star Sun., Feb. 24, 2019 Those who complain about the proliferation of Starbucks in Toronto might want to start keeping an eye on the juice bar situation. They’re starting to take over, especially in Yorkville and in the PATH in the downtown core, where it can feel as if every third store is a juice bar or, for the scientifically-minded, juice “lab.” Are we at peak juice? Probably not, given that a lot of these trade in juice “cleanses,” an increasingly popular wellness regimen designed to “reset” and detoxify the body and cure “toxic overload,” a condition that, allegedly, makes people feel sluggish, bloated or fog-headed. Since I have one or all of those symptoms at various times, I decided to try it out. But, since $59 a day adds up, I opted for a one-day cleanse from Greenhouse Juice Co., rationalizing it with the idea that, if my insides got too clean all at once, … [Read more...] about Can a juice cleanse really detoxify your body?
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By Annie Gasparro The Wall Street Journal Patrick McGroarty Tues., Aug. 28, 2018 Money is pouring into developing beverages that claim to do much more than quench thirst. A lot of that funding ends up going down the drain. Conglomerates and startups alike are placing bets on “enhanced” drinks that promise everything from better sleep to a more youthful complexion. While sales of such drinks are rising—up 11% in the past year to $3 billion, according to market-research firm Spins—hundreds of new ones are launched each year, and the majority peter out within a couple of years. Finding success involves the right mix of funding, taste, health claims and luck. “You have to figure out which trends will go mainstream, and that’s the risk,” said Brett Thomas, co-founder of CAVU Venture Partners, which has invested in Bai antioxidant drinks and Health-Ade kombucha. After Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. bought Bai in 2017 for $1.7 … [Read more...] about Dull skin? Restless sleep? There’s a drink for that
There are some health “facts” that many people have heard so many times that they just assume they are true, ideas like “juice is healthy” or “gum will stay in your stomach for years. But many of these “facts” are really myths about health. Here’s what the science really says about these health myths. There’s something about health and nutrition folk wisdom that’s resistant to truth. Common health “facts” include the ideas that MSG will make you sick, that a juice detox is just what you need after a week of indulgence, and that sports drinks like Gatorade are totally fine since you need the electrolytes. None of these things are true. They, like many other folk sayings and tips, fall into the category of health myths that are totally – or at least mostly – wrong. Here’s the truth behind some of those health claims … [Read more...] about 25 health ‘facts’ that are totally wrong
The domestic bottled coconut water market is a tough one, but producers can leverage their products abroad, where Thai provenance is becoming a buzz phrase denoting quality organic products, local players say. The coconut water production line at Family Garden Coco, the maker of Deli Harvest. In Thailand, local bottled coconut water producers face strong competition from streetside young coconut sellers, who offer a similar product for half the price. But abroad, Thai firms possess a privileged place in this rapidly growing market. International brands source their coconuts from Thailand, and Thai origin is slowly becoming synonymous for high-quality organic products, a prized asset for multinationals looking to move away from sugary drinks and into healthier alternatives, local producers have argued. Coconut water sellers have been a ubiquitous sight on Bangkok's sidewalks for decades, but large players like Coca-Cola say the market for packaged coconut water is still in its early … [Read more...] about Export possibilities for coconut water