The mouth scientists at Colgate-Palmolive have filed a patent application for technology we all have been salivating for. It will make toothbrushes into a delivery vehicle for chemicals that would slowly be released into your mouth as you brushed.
Beside the obvious choice of caffeine — which has an “epic” PR value right now — here is the list of compounds they also want to use:
Appetite suppressants for "for weight loss treatment"
Capsaicin, which makes chili and other peppers hot, to create a warming sensation, or "a tingle, a hot or warm massage"
Fruit and other flavors
Medication, such as benzocaine, "to be used for pain relief from teething or gum irritation in infants or children."
Fortunately for us lay people, the patent application also spells out the warnings the toothbrush's secret powers will have to disclose:
"In each case, associated visuals may be present to communicate the beneficial effect, such as the representation of a throbbing tooth for benzocaine, a human figure with a slimming waist line for the zo-caine types of medicine or an “Rx” symbol for pain relief medication."
The built-in patch would last about three months and would release the chemicals slowly during this time. This new 21st century toothbrush could be the crucial time-saver we all must have, don't we?
Actually, for any food made with sugar... and that's a lot of the breakfast, lunch, and dinner foods, snacks, drinks, soft drinks, sweets, and desserts.
It's all due to what happened back in December 2011, when I was helping out at Caffex’s demo stand in a Whole Foods Market. Sampling was proceeding apace and along with the compliments came the question: “Are these made with sugar?” from quite a few people. After a while June, Caffex’s marketing maven, turned to me and said: “Can you make marshmallows without sugar?”
Yes. There are marshmallows already, made with isomalt, specifically for diabetics. Isomalt is a type of sugar alcohol composed of two simple sugars: glucose and mannitol. It is manufactured in a two-stage process, in which sugar is first transformed into isomaltulose which is then hydrogenated. A great tasting sugar-free sweetener that is very similar to sugar, it has one very significant drawback. Like most sugar alcohols, it can cause gastric distress, including flatulence and diarrhea. That means it is not advisable to consume more than 1.5 oz a day for adults and 3/4 oz for children, which does limit its usefulness.
With isomalt out of the picture, our team labored overtime to develop a better solution: Sugarlesse™. June then designed a hip and catchy logo for Sugarlesse™: Silhouettes of a trim female and male. Here it is:
It makes us so happy to announce that the Wall Street Journal showed great interest in our super-caffeinated marshmallows. We are right there on the front page banner, Thursday, April 18, 2013, Vol. CCLXI No. 90. Under Today in Personal Journal, you will see: “The Mistakes in Your Closet” and “Plus The Caffeinated Marshmallow.”
The article itself appears on pages D-1 and D-4. It begins with the dramatic statement we love: “The wait for the caffeinated marshmallow is over.”
It’s funny and ironic but also so very true. Julie Jargon, its author, goes on to enumerate the caffeinated snacks available on the market today, from beef jerky to waffles. And, of course, the energy drinks that have proliferated like rabbits.
Part of the article is a responsible discussion of the possible harm too much caffeine disguised in an innocent form, such as a gummy bear, can do to the human organism. We agree and have always had warnings on our labels. We have always maintained, our marshmallows are for grownups and not for children.
The article says, “Steve Kingsley, founder of Montvale, NJ-based HIP Caffex, places a warning on the front of his marshmallow packages saying the product isn’t for minors or pregnant women. ‘That’s not required, but we felt it was the right thing to do. We do have a concern about kids getting a hold of it, although we haven’t gotten any complaints so far.’”
The article also notes how our founding father, Steve, came up with the idea for caffeinated marshmallows. “. . . he and his wife are ‘marshmallow addicts’ and because his wife, a fitness instructor, was ‘always looking for an energy food that tasted good, because most energy foods don’t.”
And it’s true. The bitterness of most caffeinated products makes them difficult to love. That is why our fanatical creators have created flavors that mask the caffeine and make the marshmallow a gourmet treat for adults ONLY.
A recent study, published in Nutrition Facts, finds that giving people the equivalent of about two cups of coffee a day worth of caffeine - about 200mg - either prevents or significantly improves symptoms of the disease.
Since there’s only so much you can charge for coffee - or for our mallows, which cost even less - drug companies took caffeine and added a few side groups so they could patent it into new drugs (Preladenant and Istradefylline).
These drugs appear to work no better than caffeine on its own, which is dramatically cheaper and probably safer. Especially if it is from natural sources - coffee, cocoa, and tea come to mind - which is what you have in our Coffee, Java, Mocca, Choco, and TeaMallows. Not by coincidence either. That’s the way we designed them - all natural, GMO-Free and Gluten-Free too.
You can see more of the risks and benefits of coffee and caffeine in this “What About the Caffeine?” video made by NutritionFacts.org:
Yes. It is true. A new study by Japanese researchers - see the video here - shows that drinking green tea or coffee could lower your risk of stroke.
To be more specific, the researchers say people who had one cup of coffee daily dropped their risk of stroke by 20%.
In case you prefer green tea (remember, that’s a Japanese study) you will have to drink two to three cups a day for the same result. That's because there is about 30-40mg caffeine inin a cup ofgreen tea, vs. around 100mg in a cup of coffee - and our Chocolate, Coffee, and MintMallow Squares.
The scientist say they still don't know why the drinks have these medical effects but the tests speak for themselves.
And so the battle between the beneficial and allegedly harmful effects of caffeine rages on….
When people imbibe drinks with caffeine and alcohol at the same time they can develop an over-inflated impression of their capabilities and are more likely to engage in risk-taking behavior.
“You should never mix uppers and downers,” says Lyndon Withdrawal Unit addiction medicine physician Rod MacQueen from Australia. “People overestimate their sobriety because they feel wide awake.”
Add to this the fact that the effects of alcohol wear off quicker than the effects of caffeine, so when you wake up in the morning you feel twice as “stoned.” Nicotine may help you with that one way - but obviously it has its downside too.
Mixing caffeine and alcohol can also create a cycle of drinking and violent behavior. Caffeine could cause anxiety in some people, so they would have another drink, then another, to try and calm the nerves, while exacerbating the anxiety.
Now that is a definite downer, no matter how “high” you feel, isn’t it?
Not in your garage yet… but there is a brave soul, conservationist Martin Bacon form Teesdale, north-east England, who built a record setting car, called the Bean Machine, which is powered by coffee. Spent coffee grind, made into pellets, that is.
Martin got his specially modified Ford P100 pick-up truck to go more than 65 mph, with a Guinness World Records adjudicator looking on. He completed his run at Woodford Airfield in Stockport, Greater Manchester last week.
The vehicle uses coffee chaff pellets - the waste product from coffee production - which are heated in a charcoal fire where they break down into carbon monoxide and hydrogen. The hydrogen is combusted to drive the engine.
“We’re thrilled to have taken the speed record for the fastest car of this kind. This coffee car has been years in the making, although any car can run on gasification” according to Mr. Bacon.
His project was supported by The Co-Operative Foods of Manchester UK, to mark the 10th anniversary of it converting all its coffee to Fair Trade.
The Co-operative’s chief executive, Steve Murrells, said: “The Bean Machine’s record and UK tour are a great way to get people talking about Fair Trade and how buying Fair Trade products can make a real difference to the lives of producers, their families and local communities in developing countries.”
“Turns out that daily cup of coffee is a daily 2.2 cups, according to our first-ever coffee survey, which delved into the java-drinking habits of over 1,700 caffeine fiends. Not only do people love that daily cup, they are unwilling to do without it - our survey found that a large majority of beanheads won't give up one drop of brew, even when times are financially tough.”
The cute pop star has a great figure she uses to her best advantage in form-fitting dresses on and off the red carpet.
To stay in shape, the 28-year-old works out – but admits she sometimes needs a helping hand in the form of caffeine before an intense workout.
“Even when I don’t have energy, I know that working out will give me the energy I need and keep up my serotonin levels – so that motivates me,” she said to British magazine Star.
“If I need more motivation, I’ll have a double-shot espresso to get me going.”
When Katy doesn’t feel like hitting the treadmill she chooses activities that get her out into the fresh air.
“I prefer to go on hikes or ride my bike. My favorite workout on tour is riding around town, seeing the city and giving out tickets while dressed in disguise.”
Katy also knows how important to eat the right things, so she tries to stick to a sensible diet as much as possible to keep her energy level up.
“Eating healthily on tour can be a real challenge, but when I’m on the road a favourite dinner of mine is a light soup, a piece of grilled chicken and some quinoa grilled with asparagus,” she revealed.
“I always need my daily vitamins and I love fresh pressed juices and coconut water.”