Thursday November 14, 2019

Beer Brewing Leaves can Help Fix Gum Disease

There is potentially a large amount of bracts that could be re-purposed for dental applications

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Beer Brewing Leaves can Help Fix Gum Disease
Beer Brewing Leaves can Help Fix Gum Disease. Pixabay

Those who love beer would know that hops are what give the drink its bitterness and aroma.

Now, scientists have found that part of hops which is not used for making beer contains healthy antioxidants and could be used to battle cavities and gum disease.

“Antioxidant polyphenols in the hop leaves (called bracts) could help fight cavities and gum disease,” said Japanese researcher Yoshihisa Tanaka.

Bracts are not used for making beer and are discarded.

Thus, there is potentially a large amount of bracts that could be re-purposed for dental applications.

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Gum (Representational image). Pixabay

Extracts from bracts stopped the bacteria responsible for these dental conditions from being able to stick to surfaces and prevented the release of some bacterial toxins.

Tanaka and his colleagues decided to investigate what substances in these leaves might cause those healthy effects.

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Using a technique called chromatography, they found three new compounds, one already known compound that was identified for the first time in plants and 20 already known compounds that were found for the first time in hops.

The bracts also contained substantial amounts of proanthocyanidins, which are healthful antioxidants, said Tanaka in a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. (Bollywood Country)

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This Beer is Perfect Fusion of Spanish and Indian Ethos

In Spain, beer is enjoyed in small glasses called caeas always accompanied by small bites of food called tapas

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"The secret ingredient of the beer and its signature recipe is the yeast, which imparts a characteristic taste that makes it stand apart from other regular beers," Fernando Bustamante, CEO of the Indian subsidiary. Pixabay

It is the perfect fusion of Spanish and Indian ethos because the tangy hints of Sevillian orange peel and the herbal spicy notes of Himalayan organic coriander makes it refreshing, delectable and easy to drink. Its principal character is a fruity aroma and a slight hint of hops along with a refreshing feeling and a touch of sweetness that creates a well-balanced sensation in the palate.

“The secret ingredient of the beer and its signature recipe is the yeast, which imparts a characteristic taste that makes it stand apart from other regular beers,” Fernando Bustamante, CEO of the Indian subsidiary of 129-year-old Spanish brewing major Mahou Group, told IANS of the just-launched Mahou Maestra Wheat premium beer, through which the company is also promoting the ‘caeas’ and ‘tapas’ concepts in India.

“In Spain, beer is enjoyed in small glasses called caeas always accompanied by small bites of food called tapas. We cater to the premium segment and want to create a unique beer consuming experience for enthusiasts in India,” Bustamante, who joined the company in Spain in 1991 and has served in various capacities, explained.

“Spain and India have many similarities in their cultures. One such similarity is the Spanish culture of tapas or snacks that are paired with beer which is very similar to the snacking habit in India. We are introducing not only the taste of Mahou in India but also promoting this Spanish lifestyle of food and beer in a social context.

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It is the perfect fusion of Spanish and Indian ethos because the tangy hints of Sevillian orange peel and the herbal spicy notes of Himalayan organic coriander makes it refreshing. Pixabay

“Talking about Spanish culture, we cannot miss football which is also an important part of our marketing campaign. The strong affinity that we, Indians are developing for football today, is a commonality between the two nations. Mahou is committed to promote this sport, promoting football activities in India and being official sponsor of Atletico de Madrid,” Bustamante elaborated.

To this extent the company’s India entry is a key strategic pillar for the growth of its business. “It is the only market outside of Spain where we had established our fully owned subsidiary. Our brewery in Rajasthan is one of the eleven we operate, 8 of which are in Spain and 2 in the USA.

“We have a long-term commitment to India and our strategy is to launch, learn and scale. We are learning at each step of doing business. We want to serve Indian consumers with as many offerings as possible for different occasions serving different needs including alcoholic, non-alcoholic and other types,” Bustamante said.

Worldwide, there seems to be a shift away from hard liquor to beer and wine. Is this an emerging trend in India?

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“Studying beer consumption trends here in India, I would say the market is a very interesting one. Over the years, beer consumption patterns in India have changed as have consumers’ tastes and preferences. Beer is slowly becoming the default social drink, is gender neutral and is consumed on occasions where people want to spend quality time together. This evolution is a great opportunity for Mahou India specifically and for all international players in general,” Bustamante said.

“The per capita consumption of beer in India is currently among the lowest in the world and stands at approximately 2 liters per year although in terms of volumes the market is already more than half the size of the beer market in Spain, where consumption stands at 48.3 liters per capita. With a young and growing population of young adults who are increasingly more adoptive of premium brands in their focus towards a quality lifestyle, expectations for growth of the Indian beer market is particularly positive,” he said. (IANS)