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America, Getting Fatter? Not Anymore

Food consumption is changing for first time in decades

(Newser) - America, fat and proud of it? Not quite as much anymore, according to new data showing that Americans have been eating better and have halted a decades-long slide into obesity, the New York Times reports. Among the takeaways from this mishmash of government numbers , food-production estimates, and food bar-code data:... More »

There's a Way to Get Aspartame in Your Diet Pepsi

PepsiCo will keep old recipe for fans while selling sucralose version in stores

(Newser) - PepsiCo announced in April it was dumping aspartame from its Diet Pepsi recipe, replacing it with sucralose, but the company now says it will keep the artificial sweetener for customers who prefer its taste—they'll just have to buy the drink online, the Wall Street Journal reports. In an... More »

Study Pinpoints Sugary Drinks' Death Toll

Researchers say they kill 184K a year through diabetes, heart disease, cancer

(Newser) - Need that extra push to kick your soda habit? This might be it: Sugary beverages are responsible for more than 184,000 deaths per year around the world, say researchers at Tufts University. Those include soda, fruit drinks, sports and energy drinks, and iced teas, they write in a post... More »

City Making Big Change to Kids' Fast-Food Orders

In Davis, California, the choice of beverage will be milk or water

(Newser) - It's not a typical question heard in fast-food restaurants, but the city of Davis, California, hopes to change that with a new rule: It will require servers to ask kids (or the parents ordering for them) if they'd like milk or water with their meal. Customers would still... More »

America Has a New No. 2 Soda, and It's Not Diet

Pepsi overtakes Diet Coke as soda sales by volume continue to fall

(Newser) - One small slide for Diet Coke, one giant leap for Pepsi? While Coke has retained its crown, Pepsi has replaced Diet Coke as the second-most consumed soda in the US by volume. According to 2014 industry data via Beverage Digest, both actually saw volume fall, but Pepsi's 1.8%... More »

Coke, a Healthy Drink? Experts Working With Coke Say Yes

Dieticians promote drink in online blitz last month

(Newser) - Coca-Cola may be fun to drink, but is it healthy? Despite warnings linking sugary drinks to illness , several nutrition and fitness experts suggested last month that it's OK to down a mini-can of Coke or other soda. These experts also work with and may be paid by Coca-Cola, the... More »

Soda Could Cause Earlier Menstruation

Sugary drinks linked to first periods 2.7 months ahead: study

(Newser) - Scientists have previously observed that girls are having their first periods earlier than they once did, and a new study offers a possible reason: sugary beverages like soda. Researchers studied 5,583 US children between 1996 and 2001; they found that girls ages nine to 14 who downed an average... More »

Soda Ages Our Cells as Much as Smoking

Study: 20 ounces a day associated with 4.6 years of aging

(Newser) - Drink a 20-ounce soda daily, and you may be causing your cells to age as much as they would if you smoked, a study suggests. Researchers investigated DNA from 5,309 adults, focusing on telomeres, the caps on the ends of our cells' chromosomes, Time reports. They found that drinking... More »

Soda Giants: You Drink Too Many Calories—From Soda

Big 3 promise 20% cut by 2025

(Newser) - Even America's soda-makers agree that people are getting too many calories from their products, and the biggest three have now pledged to cut calorie consumption by a fifth by 2025. Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Dr Pepper Snapple Group won't actually be reducing the number of calories their products contain,... More »

The Solution to Your Soda Habit: 12K Steps

Fights negative effects of fructose: study

(Newser) - Drinking a lot of soda packed with high-fructose corn syrup is, of course, not a healthy choice—but its ill effects aren't so hard to fight. A study's recommendation: Walk more, the New York Times reports. In a study out this month , a researcher had two groups of... More »

Starbucks Unveils 'Healthy,' Hand-Made Sodas

Coffee titan wants you to drink a nice root beer ... with lunch

(Newser) - Starting tomorrow, Starbucks across the sunbelt states will offer a new drink that's—get this—carbonated, USA Today reports. Baristas will be making Fizzio Handcrafted Sodas at rather noisy machines (that add ambiance, not annoyance, apparently) in ginger ale, lemon ale, and root beer flavors. They'll be caffeine-free,... More »

California May Require Warning Labels on Soda

Bill would make it the first state to do so

(Newser) - You've seen them on cigarettes and alcohol, but now Californians might see warning labels on soda. A new bill requiring warnings on sugary drinks in the state was introduced today. The labels would warn about the risks of obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay. According to the Los Angeles Times ... More »

Coming Soon: Coke in a Keurig Pod

You'll soon be able to make soda at home

(Newser) - Could this be Coke's way of getting back at SodaStream ? The beverage company has announced you'll soon be able to make Coca-Cola from the comfort of your own home via a new Keurig-like soda machine, Quartz reports. The brand just bought up 10% of Green Mountain Coffee... More »

Study Reveals Just How Sick Sugar Can Make Us

Get 25% of calories from added sugar, see triple the risk of heart disease death

(Newser) - When it comes to sugar, Americans need to be a lot more careful, a study finds. Even two cans of soda a day can significantly boost the risk of death from heart disease. If a quarter of your daily caloric intake comes from added sugar—in processed foods, for instance—... More »

Soda Industry Saver: Asian Melon?

Monk fruit from China is a natural sweetener, but it's expensive

(Newser) - A green fruit from China is being hailed as a potential savior for the soda industry. Diet-soda sales in particular have been in sharp decline of late, the Wall Street Journal reports, thanks in part to the debate raging around artificial sweetener aspartame and to the bitter aftertaste of natural... More »

A New Hangover Cure?

Sprite helps get rid of headache-causing chemical: study

(Newser) - Next time you're fumbling for a hangover cure, you might want to reach for a bottle of soda. Researchers in China have found that Sprite beats a pain-relieving Chinese hemp tea at giving you a post-alcohol lift. Why? Popular Science begins the explanation with a primer: Your body processes... More »

Animals Are Having an Obesity Crisis, Too

Does that mean lifestyle isn't the only cause?

(Newser) - Americans aren't the only ones getting fatter—our animals are also growing overweight, reports Pro Publica . And it isn't just pets and lab animals piling on the pounds (though they are; the likelihood of chimps living with or near humans being obese increased tenfold between 1985 and 2005):... More »

Why We Need to Jack the Bottle Deposit

Figure hasn't nearly increased with inflation

(Newser) - The goals of health advocates and environmental activists don't always mesh, notes Daniel Engber at Slate : For instance, while health experts would tell you to go for smaller soda bottles to prevent downing too much, eco-warriors would prefer you to buy bigger bottles and save packaging. But Engber has... More »

3 Extra Sodas Per Day Can Kill You

Study shows that a "safe" diet is not so safe

(Newser) - A steady diet of sodas could hinder your ability to reproduce or even shorten your life, if lab mice are any indication. Researchers at the University of Utah gave mice a diet of 25% sugar—equivalent to three extra sodas per day in people—and found the males less likely... More »

This Exists: Cola-Flavored Wine

The French are selling it ... but you can make your own

(Newser) - Quelle horreur! A French producer is attempting to woo the "Pepsi generation" by giving red wine a cola flavor. The segment of Châteaux en Bordeaux that has introduced the drink is keeping things pretty youthful, from the price tag (less than $4 a bottle) to the name (Rouge... More »

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