Public Health

Two of these a day and no worries!

Two of these a day and no worries!

The European Food Safety Authority has said that 400 mg of caffeine per day is not a safety concern, WOO HOO! There is a 98 page draft assessment which you can peruse to get the details on caffeine’s effects on different age populations,


EFSA: 400mg of caffeine a day is safe.

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn+ , 16-Jan-2015

Coming soon, explosive flavor! (literally)

Coming soon, explosive flavor! (literally)

Apparently PepsiCo is looking to introduce a new type of granola bar which would incorporate all of the fun of pop rocks into a more “boring” snack, the chewy granola bar.
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My first reaction to this is WHY? While not a fan of the Quaker Chewy Granola bar, I definitely didn’t think there was something that needed tinkering in them, i.e. the sensory experience.

But according to Consumer Reports, these bars are noted to have rated poorly for things like stale flavors and gritty textures.

So I guess the solution is to make the bar feel like an explosion in your mouth, thereby causing the consumer to forget about the crappy flavors and texture?

I have seen the “pop rock experience” make its  way into candy bars (i.e firecracker bars, pop rocks chocolate bar, etc). Just not sure what the point of the popping sensation in a granola bar would be? I guess lunch time at school is not wild enough, let’s give the kids something more to get hyper about!



Long Term Memory Enhancer

Long Term Memory Enhancer

I’m always glad to see the pro-caffeine evidence continue to grow!

This most recent study out of Johns Hopkins University shows that caffeine consumption can actually have positive effects on long term memory. The study tested the effects of caffeine administration after a given memory retention task, basically showing that caffeine can help reduce forgetfulness. With further research, this could definitely impact the landscape of healthy aging.

Check out the article at Johns Hopkins Hub.


The Better Beverage Finder is an online tool that allows anyone to click off a couple of checkboxes and find a healthier beverage option than your run of the mill soda. It was created by Howard County, Maryland’s Horizon Initiative in an effort to help reduce intake of sugary drinks (much like Mayor Bloomberg’s efforts in NYC.) While primarily geared towards parents who wish to find better options for their children,  it would also be useful for someone who is trying to lose weight find lower calorie/healthier options as well.

I smell an app in BetterBeverageFinder’s future, and if not, there should be!