Food & Drink (183)
A natural high
TICE, the Austrian “high spirits” drink, contains special amino acids that support the body’s production of joy hormones. The ingredients L-tryptophan and L-tyrosine are supposed to activate your good mood. Pharmacies provide this drink in mint and lemon flavours.
Why it matters
The growth of the functional water category with benefits from anti-cellulite to skin cleansing is continuing unabated. However, the energy drinks market - which has mental rather than physical effects - has come under pressure for its artificial stimulating ingredients. Is TICE part of a backlash which raises the importance of more natural highs even from your water?
The fruit juice brand Tropicana has illustrated the energy value of its product by setting up a billboard made of oranges in the centre of Paris. A chemical reaction powered by the oranges provides the electricity for a neon sign on the billboard displaying “Natural Energy”. The science behind the operation was relayed through a viral video on the Internet.
Cocktails are having a makeover in some parts of the world. Beer is being incorporated to add effervescence and contribute flavour. Chicago’s new cocktails like Beermosa are proving very popular.