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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.
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.
Horchata or Rice and Almond Beverage My recipe for Horchata is as follows. Soak three tablespoons of rice in water for 4 hours. Rinse the rice well and drain then place in a blender with 3 tablespoons of raw unhulled sesame seed 3 inches of true cinnamon stick and 3 tablespoons of almonds either whole or soaked and peeled. The use of almonds cinnamon and sesame together in this beverage is so typical of Guatemalan flavors. This mixture is blended until all ingredients are very fine. Strain the liquid into a pitcher and add in 2 more cups of water or milk if preferred. Sweeten to taste starting with a couple of tablespoons of sugar and add as needed. In essence Horchata is a sweetened nut and seed milk similar to the touted health drinks being sold here in the US over 40 years later.