The researches find that the Obesity and health problems caused by high sugar content in drinks can be tackled by increasing the pH level and reducing the quantity of total dissolved solids (TDS) in water, but according to research from the University of Sheffield, Innovate UK, De Montfort University and WET Global Ltd. Testing found that water becomes even more acidic when flavors, carbon and sugar are added creating soft drinks with a pH level of 2.5.

The Obesity and health

Existing techniques are unable to adjust the pH value of reverse osmosis water; so WET Global created its patented Activated Enhancement System (AES) technology. This uses a proprietary process to mimic nature in order to create high pH/low TDS water. The AES produced alkaline water which doesn’t fall below a pH of 9 after flavorings have been added; so add sugar isn’t need to counteract acidity.

The process has been find to have applications for soda soft drinks, zero alcohol beverages; Cannabidiol (CBD)-infused water and fermented drinks; with the AES technology available to drinks manufacturers; restaurants and other businesses that serve water or drink products to consumers.

Zero alcohol beverages

Through testing performed by the University of Sheffield and De Montfort University; water creat using the AES technology was find to have a stable pH of 10.5 and retain a pH greater than 9 when flavours were added. The drinks created maintained the higher pH and showed no microbial growth when exposed to 12 weeks of accelerated shelf-life testing at ambient and abusive temperatures of 20C and 30C. These drinks also contained less than 0.1g of sugar per 100ml.

Dr. Hajime Kinoshita from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering conducted some of the testing alongside Dr. Theodore Hanein; a Research Associate in Materials Chemistry. Dr. Kinoshita said: “With 29% of adults classified as obese and thousands of children undergoing preventable tooth extractions; drinks manufacturers are looking to reduce the amount of sugar they use.

Preventable tooth extractions

WET Global had an interesting idea to achieve this; and we conducted research to gain scientific insight into the process in terms of materials interactions. Dr. Theodore Hanein and I looked at how materials interact with each other to make water more alkaline, and how we can sustainably repeat that process.

Dr. Ahmed Abbas Mohamed, Director of Research and Development at WET Global, said: “We carried out the research to develop a method that creates drinks which do not need sugar or additives. To do this; we needed to find out why we add sugar in the first place. Realising that sugar is not used for flavor, but to cover up the loss of flavoring due to extreme acidity, was a big step which set us on the path to developing the AES machine to solve the issue.