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Hot Drinks May Have 3 Times the Sugar of a Coke

UK health group finds chains' hot flavored beverages are loaded with sugar

(Newser) - Have some hot beverage with your sugar. That's the roundabout finding of a UK health advocacy organization that discovered hot flavored drinks served by chains like Starbucks, McDonald's, and Dunkin' Donuts can contain a "shocking" amount of sugar—sometimes up to 25 teaspoons per serving, or more... More »

Dentists Have Some Bad News About Fizzy Water

Put down that La Croix and read this

(Newser) - Desk jockeys are more and more often turning to La Croix, Perrier, and club soda to get through the work day, the Atlantic reports. In fact, sparkling water sales have doubled in the past five years. "For me, rock bottom was a recent, obscenely long workday during which an... More »

When It Comes to Fizzy Water, Coke, Pepsi Fall Flat

Smaller brands like LaCroix enjoying huge success as soda alternative

(Newser) - With a growing number of people quitting soda, Coke and Pepsi have been venturing more into energy drinks, craft sodas, and milk , in an effort to boost sales. That's left room for smaller brands like LaCroix to enjoy huge success with sparkling water. LaCroix sales have jumped 45% since... More »

Hipsters' New Brew: Colonial Farmers' 'Punch'

Switchel—aka haymaker's punch—is the big thing in Brooklyn now

(Newser) - PBR has fallen out of Brooklyn's good graces, probably more so since Pabst was bought by the Russians last month. Now there's a new beverage infiltrating Bushwick and its environs: switchel, a centuries-old drink quaffed by farmers to rehydrate after a long day in the fields—like Gatorade,... More »

After 7 Years, Startup Reveals $199 Cup

Vessyl can tell you exactly what you're drinking

(Newser) - It took seven years for startup Mark One to finally make its big product reveal: the $199 Vessyl—a cup. But as Valleywag notes, it's not so much a cup as "a 13-ounce, Bluetooth-enabled, smartphone-syncing, battery-powered supercup." It works like this: Fill the Vessyl, which looks something... More »

Sugary Drinks Responsible for 180K Deaths ... Per Year

25K of those were obese Americans

(Newser) - As the soda wars rage across the country, a new study finds that 1% of deaths of obese adults around the world can be blamed on sugary drinks, USA Today reports. That tallied up to 180,000 obesity-related deaths linked to an over-consumption of sweetened beverages in 2010; the figure... More »

Critics Pile on Coke's Anti-Obesity Ads

Campaign 'out of Damage Control 101,' critics say

(Newser) - Coca-Cola: Enemy of obesity? The soda giant calls for people to join together to fight obesity and hails its own efforts in a new ad campaign that began airing on major networks last night, the Los Angeles Times reports. "All calories count. No matter where they come from, including... More »

Experts: Yeah, Red Bull Won't 'Give You Wings'

Little evidence backs up energy drink claims

(Newser) - Bad news, energy drink addicts: There's little actual proof that Red Bull will "give you wings" or that Monster Energy is a "killer energy brew." The wildly popular beverages—they make up the fastest-growing portion of the drink industry—are, when it comes down to it,... More »

Coke's Newest Drink: Just a Few Drops

Dasani Drops are concentrated flavors customers add to water

(Newser) - Faced with a slowing beverage market, Coca-Cola is thinking small. As in droplets. They're called Dasani Drops—tiny, concentrated flavors you can add to your water to give it some zing, and they're coming to stores in October, reports the AP . The zero-calorie drops will be in four... More »

Diet Pepsi Changing Sweeteners

Taste won't change, but articificial 'ace-K' should improve shelf life

(Newser) - Diet Pepsi will feature a new formula as early as next year. The taste will remain the same, but the sweetener formula will be adjusted to prolong its shelf life, reports AP . The current sweetener, aspartame, loses its strength at a faster rate than the high-fructose corn syrup used in... More »

Half of US Drinks Soda Every Single Day

One nation, under Pepsi...

(Newser) - One nation, under Pepsi ... or Coke. When it comes to soda, 48% of Americans have at least one every single day, according to a new Gallup poll . The remaining 52% drink zilch, but among those who do reach for a pop, they drink an average of 2.6 glasses a... More »

California Students Eating Less Junk Food

State laws making a difference, says study

(Newser) - Why do teens in California consume fewer calories a day than young people in other states? It's because they snack less when at school, a new study finds, and they snack less because state laws have curbed the sale of junk food and banned the sale of soda and... More »

Coke Modifies Coloring to Avoid Cancer Label

California cracks down on substance in caramel additive

(Newser) - Coca-Cola has begun switching to a new caramel coloring—it won't be a noticeable change—to avoid being forced to slap cancer warnings on its soda in California. The chemical that delivers the distinctive color includes a substance called 4-methylimidazole, or 4-MI. In 2011, California decreed that certain levels... More »

On Shelves Soon: Scotch in a Can

Scottish company will sell 12-ounce cans for $5

(Newser) - You'll soon be able to crack open and swig down a can of… Scotch whisky? Liquor company Scottish Spirits Imports plans to introduce aluminum cans filled with Scotch to the US by February 1. Each can will contain 12 ounces of the 80-proof liquor, or about eight shots' worth,... More »

5 Least Healthy Holiday Drinks

Unfortunately, your peppermint mocha still contains calories

(Newser) - Beverages are liquid, so people seem to forget that they still have calories—especially holiday beverages, with their added peppermint, chocolate, and caramel. The New York Post lists five of the worst holiday drinks, courtesy of Eat This, Not That! author David Zinczenko:
  • Starbucks Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha: A venti
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NYC Seeks to Bar Soda for Food Stamp Users

Mayor to city's poor: Drop weight

(Newser) - Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to add sodas to the list of items New York City's 1.7 million food stamp users can't buy with the stamps. The mayor, as part of an aggressive anti-obesity campaign, has asked federal authorities for permission to ban food-stamp purchases of sugared drinks, the New ... More »

Didn't Run a Marathon? You Don't Need Gatorade

Sports drinks overkill for casual exercisers

(Newser) - Sports drinks like Gatorade, PowerAde, and Pure Sport are advertised as revitalizing thirst-quenchers for professional athletes, graciously made available to casual exercisers like you. But most desk jockeys don't need anything the drinks provide except water, new analysis suggests. Exercise does deplete both electrolytes and carbohydrates, but the average American... More »

Trendy Kombucha Vanishes Over Alcohol Worries

Fans lament trendy tea's absence

(Newser) - It's a fermented, pungent tea, but it's the alcohol that can lurk inside of kombucha that's causing a stink. In the past month, the ancient and trendy tea has vanished from the shelves of Whole Foods and other retailers as the government tests raw kombucha to determine whether it should... More »

Tea Partiers Killing Tea Sales

Term causing confusion for innocent beverage purveyors

(Newser) - The Tea Party movement is leaving a bitter taste in the mouths of people who sell actual tea. “When I first heard about it, I thought, ‘Oh, maybe I can sell them some tea,’” one distributor tells the Chicago Tribune . “Then I realized that probably... More »

No 'Excellent' Coffee Blends: Consumer Reports

Testers blame pinched arabica supply for low-quality joe

(Newser) - No coffee blend available in the United States ranked “excellent” or even "very good" in this year's Consumer Reports testing. Thanks to limited supply of high-quality arabica beans from Colombia, the top ranking in the testing results out today is just “good.” Try Starbucks House Blend... More »

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