Here’s a look at the five of the most engaged-with posts on Twitter that referred to non-alcoholic drinks in the three months to the end of September.

The popularity is based on total engagements (likes and retweets) received on tweets from around 150 beverage experts tracked by GlobalData’s ‘Consumer Influencer Platform’.

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5. Breaking News – Green tea rules!

In August, a post from Dr Lori Shemek drew an online crowd. The US-based health & wellness influencer and author sang the praises of green tea. But, go easy: Too much EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate) could harm your liver, according to the European Food Safety Authority.

4. Breaking News – Actually, so does hibiscus tea!

Staying with tea, and another doctor, Michael Greger, made similar noises about hibiscus tea. Highlighting a video reviewing the effects on hypertension of drinking hibiscus tea compared to having a plant-based diet, Greger had some interesting conclusions on how best to deal with high blood pressure.

3. Water, water everywhere & finally some to drink

Elsewhere in the health & wellness space, the Globe & Mail’s health columnist, André Picard, shared a news report from Canada on the opening of a water treatment plant at a reserve in Ontario province. The residents of Shoal Lake 40, a man-made island near Winnipeg, no longer have to boil their tap water, meaning an end to deliveries of bulk water for consumption after 23 years.

2. How coffee has shaped the world

Author Michael Pollan spoke to the New York Post in July about coffee – specifically, how its caffeine content “created the modern world”. A walk-through of the history of coffee, and its effect on human productivity, ends with Pollan flagging how climate change is “severely affecting finicky coffee plants” – thereby threatening humans themselves.

  1. How much alcohol is no alcohol?

In July, San Francisco-based spirits writer Camper English “did the math” on how much alcohol can be used in a legally-defined non-alcoholic drink. “The real question,” English writes, “was not so much about asking someone if they want to take alcohol in their drink, but what if the impact of bitters [Angostura Bitters is 44.7% abv] in a cocktail is so insignificant that we can skip the question and use them anyway?”

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