Carbonated & Sports

Swilling sweet slushie before running in the heat increases endurance, study shows

By Gina Kolata

The New York Times 2010-04-26

High-fructose corn syrup linked to significant weight gain, abnormal increases in body fat (especially in abdomen), triglycerides rise in rat study

By Hilary Parker

Princeton University 2010-03-22

Lobbyists fight soda tax as health care reform funding source

During the first nine months of 2009, soda makers, supermarket companies, agriculture, fast-food business spent more than $24 million lobbying Congress on issue of tax on sweetened beverages plus other legislative and regulatory issues, reports show. Coalition fears what could be movement to raise money for health care reform by taxing sweetened beverages. Farm-dominated Senate Finance Committee sympathetic to food industry; Max Baucus hails from Montana, large producer of sugar beets; Iowa, home state of Chuck Grassley, is nation's largest producer of corn.

By Christine Spolar and Joseph Eaton

The Huffington Post 2009-11-06

Coffee & Tea

Droughts in Colombia, Brazil will force conservation at coffee farms and through supply chains; just one part of high-labor drink consumes 1,100 parts of water

By Leon Kaye

The Guardian (UK) 2011-06-17

Folgers, Dunkin' Donuts, Millstone coffee prices to rise 9 percent after harsh weather in Central America, Colombia and with BP oil leak portending higher transit costs

By Cynthia Lin

MarketWatch 2010-08-03

In coffee, bold rich roast creates compound that helps dial down production of stomach acid, researchers learn

By Rachel Ehrenberg

Science News 2010-03-22