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“The View” Season 10. The girls discuss the new soft drink Cocaine while Joy messes up a prop (Lay’s potato chips) she used for a joke. Hysterical!

Improve your memory? Lift your mood? Relieve tension? A growing market of functional health beverages enhanced with herbs and other ingredients promise to improve your health. But do these drinks really offer health benefits? Judging by the reaction to these products the answer is a resounding, yes.

Americans want to be healthier and also discover the fountain of youth and longevity. The food industry is rushing to fulfill this new desire. The new buzzword is functional health beverages and foods. Functional beverages (also known as neutraceuticals) are beverages fortified with dietary supplements and herbal medicines. And they are becoming a multi billion dollar industry.

Experts predict Americans will buy more bottled water than coffee or beer. Artificial flavors are losing ground to drinks with all natural claims. Antioxidant tea products are now the rage. And at least one brand of coffee is adding herbs and minerals to its beans. Energy drinks are the fastest growing supermarket category with sports drinks right behind.

Japan was a pioneer in functional beverages and foods consuming nearly twice as many functional beverages as any other nationality. The Japanese have always made the direct connection between what you eat and drink and what you are, and they’ve long viewed their diets as being a primary source of health and medication.

Energy drinks have been established in Japan for decades and are also known as tonic drinks. Initially targeted at young consumers (and routinely used by this demographic as alcohol drink mixes), these drinks are now being aimed at people of all ages who need a healthy energy boost.

People now understand that almost everything we take in has some kind of effect. This is a new kind of knowledge. Consumers are more empowered because of this knowledge, and companies are responding to this new found personal edification.

Other market sectors are continuing to expand. Enriched juices and juice-based drinks fortified with vitamins and minerals are gaining in popularity, as are herbal-infused beverages. All this goes well for the functional beverages industry.

Functional health beverages are going more mainstream, because consumers have become much more holistic-minded, so companies are now meeting them in the middle. There is a consciousness out there now that very small amounts of something can have a very significant effect.

The functional beverages industry has attracted the attention of traditional beverage manufacturers focused on expanding their product ranges in the face of falling sales of old stand-bys such as carbonates. Pepsi’s purchase of Gatorade and South Beach Beverages Sobe, Cadbury Schweppes purchase of the Snapple and Mistic brands and Coca-Cola’s acquisition of Mad River Traders are a few examples.

Products affiliated with major sporting brands, such as Reebok and Umbro sports and performance drinks, also are infiltrating the market. More sophisticated products, such as fast-rehydration drinks, are becoming popular, especially in Japan, where stamina enhancing sports drinks with added ingredients to aid performance are becoming more popular.

Wellness and nutraceutical drink products are increasingly being targeted at specific segments of the population, for example, age, gender, lifestyle and particular health conditions. Examples include Sunny Delight for children and drinks for women. Targeting specific segments of the population has been the motivation for many new products such as, women-specific products, issue-oriented products, for example, prostate and breast cancer prevention.

At present, the sports drink market is the most mature and therefore presents little opportunity for growth, which has become apparent already in the US and Japanese markets. Across all functional health beverage product lines, energy drinks are the fastest-growing sector, a trend that shows no sign of slowing in the immediate future.

The nutraceutical-wellness drink sector is the least developed but possibly the most exciting category, with drinks containing ingredients such as probiotics, prebiotics, soy proteins and phytosterols. Over-the-top premium pricing policies have also restricted sales in some circumstances, although a recent US survey showed 40 per cent of consumers were willing to pay a premium for products containing added nutritional benefits.

The same study ranked these benefits and found energy enhancement, illness prevention, heart health, anticancer effects, relaxation, mood enhancement and sexual enhancement were the most desirable. With interest in these kinds of products higher than ever, the future looks bright for this category.

The 1990s fueled a health and lifestyle revolution that resulted in consumer demand for foods and beverages that provide both nourishment and good taste, at the right price. The beverage industry, with functional drinks, has successfully met those desires by selling a broad range of products juices, energy drinks, smoothies, soy-based beverages, enhanced isotonics, enhanced water, teas that fulfills a nutritional need.

Claims for many of these drinks have not been proven and the amount of added ingredients is neither standardized nor identified on the label. And their safety optimal doses, interactions and long-term consequences isn’t known. Some skeptics believe the best approach for healthy living and feeling energetic is to eat healthfully, get regular physical activity and give yourself time to relax.

US consumers spent more than $25 billion dollars on wellness drinks in 2005, making up 12% of all soft drinks spending across the US and Europe. The market represents a major opportunity for drink marketers, as consumers become aware of the link between diet and lifestyle.

What is important about the Wellness Industry? How about the definition: wellness is anything that makes you feel healthier, stronger, see better, hear better, feel better, or fight symptoms of ageing. The Sickness Industry has a definition that is more in line with healthcare: anything concerned with being sick and treating symptoms of sickness.

The Sickness Industry has little to do with preventing illness, being stronger or healthier which increases the popularity of the functional health beverages and food products. People are tired of popping pills for everything that ails them and are taking a more holistic or as some say looking at alternative health treatments rather than the traditional medical care that most of us have grown accustomed to.

The Wellness industry is going through a boom. Before the end of this decade, it is estimated that the Wellness industry may surpass the revolution. This is an exciting time.

Whether its drinks or spreads, yogurts or desserts, functional foods and beverages are among the fastest-growing categories in the food industry. If this looks like the 80s all over again, this newly discovered health trend has got to be the strongest yet. Consumers approach to health is different this time; it is more aggressive, sophisticated, and here to stay.

Janice Willingham is the author and has an interest in home remedies and alternative health cures. You can readmore
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Scotch whisky is the whisky made in Scotland. The drink, which is termed, as whisky in Britain is known as Scotch in the United States. Scotch whisky is divided into four distinct categories: single malt, blended malt, vatted malt and single grain. A Single Malt Scotch Whisky is the product of one specific distillery and has not been blended with whisky from any other distilleries. Pure Malt is the name used for single malt whiskies. Pure Malt whiskeys do not contain any grain whisky unlike that in blended whisky .The Speyside region of northeast Scotland has the greatest concentration of malt whisky distilleries. Highland, Lowland and Islay are the other main malt whisky producing zones. Each of these regions has its own distinctive style of malt whisky and it is never possible for two malts to be identical. It is quite possible to distinguish from the taste, the origin of a particular whisky.

It is be noted that there can not be any “right” or “wrong” way to drink Scotch whisky – it is simply the question of personal taste. People who prefer to drink Scotch whisky neat say that they do not want to spoil the taste of the drink, by adding water. Some people of course have a different opinion. They think that by adding a dash of water, the distinctive flavor and aroma of a whisky gets enhanced. But it is always advisable to add pure spring water while drinking whisky, because tap water may contain chlorine.

Some people prefer adding ice to the whisky, to get the zing, but it should be noted that ice might ruin the fine taste and aroma of the drink and so should never be contemplated when conducting a “whisky nosing and tasting.” Same can be said about carbonated water. It is never an ideal accompaniment for whisky. The addition of mixers such as ginger ale, soda or a coke, ruin the original taste of pure whisky.

Whisky Circle was created by a small group of whisky afficinados. It started out as a ‘club’ where lovers of single malts got together and made small talk over a malt. For more further information please visit

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Cocktail rings are fun, and just a bit flashy. Some women shy away from cocktail rings because they are flashy. These big rings, so often above six carats of costume jewelry fun, are meant to be huge! They are meant to be big and flashy! This is not the shy woman’s accessory to stand in the background this season. The cocktail ring is an accessory that is just a bit over-the-top, and it is meant to stay that way.

Cocktail rings get you noticed. Its so easy to see why. When you are wearing a beautiful, canary yellow cocktail ring with cz accenting stones surrounding it, this is a ring that is going to glimmer and shine and catch the light at every chance! Your cocktail ring is very much the accessory that will make you stand out from a crowd. Every woman looks unique and different wearing cocktail rings.

Cocktail rings are just a bit sexy. Let’s admit it: they truly are sexy. Cocktail rings make your hands look more delicate, more feminine. These large, super feminine rings engulf your hands and make everyone notice that you are “the woman” in the room to look at. Cocktail rings make you the woman that looks like the most interesting and fun woman in the room. Don’t be surprised if you have some very interesting conversations while wearing your cocktail rings! They are like magnets that attract people, both men and women, right to you!

We all love that cocktail rings now come in many styles. Many popular cocktail rings are all about the “bling” and have little cz accenting stones all around them. But there are other cocktail rings done in classic gold-tone or silver-tone metals. You can easily find a cocktail ring that will compliment your style and taste. Cocktail rings quite often come in classic gemstone colors: most popular are amethyst (purple), topaz (blue and also deep yellow), amber (very deep yellow – almost brown), ruby (red) and pearl (white or ivory). You can certainly match a cocktail ring or diamante ring to your wardrobe or special outfit. You’ll love wearing one or even several cocktail rings to compliment your special look.


Darrell F writing about gorgeous cocktail rings and handbags which can compliment any outfit.

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  • Stainless Steel 28 oz. shaker with strainer and jigger top.
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  • The heart of any bar is the shaker.
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Mix things up in a big way with these sizeable stainless steel cocktail shakers! Each of these big boys holds up to 28-ounces, so you can mix more of the good stuff. The strainer securely fits onto the sleek looking shaker and the jigger top fits tightly over the strainer to make the best cocktail shaker; an ultimate 3-piece professional unit that won’t leak or drip. In stock and ready to ship. Features: Made out of stainless steel. Comes with shaker, strainer and jigger. Specs: Capacity: 28 oz.

3 Piece Cocktail Shaker – Stainless Steel – 28 oz

I use Monster on a regular basis, but I don’t understand why I feel so great after drink one.

Also, I often get a headache after drinking coffee, but could it be related to making my coffee very strong?

Also, is it possible to get strongly addicted to Monster or other energy drinks?

Also, does anyone have an experienced opinion (somone having drunk Monster on several occasions) on what energy drink has the best effects and least side effects, etc.

Does anyone know why caffeine pills make me feel terrible/anxious?

Please do not advise me to stop drinking Monster or other energy drinks please.

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When Chelsea Handler needs to get a few things off her chest, she appeals to a higher power — vodka. You would too if you found out that your boyfriend was having an affair with a Peekapoo or if you had to pretend to be honeymooning with your father in order to upgrade to first class. Welcome to Chelsea’s world — a place where absurdity reigns supreme and a quick wit is the best line of defense.

In this hilarious, deliciously skewed collection, Chelsea mines her past for stories about her family, relationships, and career that are at once singular and ridiculous. Whether she’s convincing her third-grade class that she has been tapped to play Goldie Hawn’s daughter in the sequel to Private Benjamin, deciding to be more egalitarian by dating a redhead, or looking out for a foulmouthed, rum-swilling little person who looks just like her…only smaller, Chelsea has a knack for getting herself into the most outrageous situations. Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea showcases the candor and irresistible turns of phrase that have made her one of the freshest voices in comedy today.

Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea

I want to make a cocktail/party drink that smells truly awful. Please give suggestions of ingredients or combinations that smell bad – and preferably that also taste good! Or recipies of drinks if there are already drinks made to be like this.