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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 »

Soda as Bad for Your Teeth as Meth

Study found "almost identical" tooth damage in one case

(Newser) - A severe soda addiction can be as terrible for your teeth as a meth or crack habit, according to a case study in General Dentistry spotted by NPR . Study author Mohamed Bassiouny says he noticed the frightening similarities during his 20 years treating dental patients at Philadelphia and Appalachia clinics.... 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 »

Food Stamps Shouldn't Pay for Junk Food

Congress needs to change the rules: Charles Lane

(Newser) - The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, you'll notice, has the word "nutrition" in the title. So why is it that SNAP debit cards, aka food stamps, can be used to purchase such decidedly non-nutritious items as Cheetos and Fanta orange soda? The Agriculture Department itself states, on its website,... More »

Mississippi to Cities: No Banning Sodas

'Anti-Bloomberg bill' will stop counties passing their own NYC-style food laws

(Newser) - You're going to have to pry 22-ounce sodas from Mississippians' chubby, dead hands, because the most obese state in the union has passed a bill to ban its towns and counties from regulating portion sizes, requiring posted calorie counts, or yanking toys from kids' meals, reports NPR . In a... More »

Bloomberg to Appeal Ruling on Soda Ban

Judge called regulations arbitrary and capricious'

(Newser) - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office said today it will appeal a judge's 11th-hour ruling against a ban on big sugary drinks in New York City, the New York Times reports. "We plan to appeal the decision as soon as possible, and we are confident the Board... More »

Woman Dies After Downing 2 Gallons of Coke Per Day

Coca-Cola not pleased with release of coroner's report

(Newser) - Heavy drinking may have led to the death of a New Zealand woman—but it wasn't alcohol she was glugging. It was Coca-Cola, TVNZ reports. She reportedly drank some 2.2 gallons (that's 18 pints) of the soda every day, AFP notes, a habit that went on for... More »

Diet Soda Bigger Diabetes Threat Than Sugary Stuff

Scientists find heightened risk among women

(Newser) - Sugar-packed soda has been linked to a boosted diabetes risk—but it turns out the diet version may pose an even bigger threat. Researchers tracked 66,000 French women over 14 years; the volunteers were middle-aged or older when the study began. People who drank 12 ounces of either kind... More »

Diet Pepsi Changes Ingredients

It now features a mix of 2 artificial sweeteners

(Newser) - Diet Pepsi has quietly changed its sweetener. Previously, Diet Pepsi used only aspartame, which is sensitive to heat and breaks down more easily. But beginning this month, cans hitting shelves feature what PepsiCo says is a "very small amount" of a second artificial sweetener: acesulfame potassium. The ingredient will... More »

Soda a Day Sends Prostate Risk Soaring

Pasta, rice, cereal also pose cancer threat: study

(Newser) - Soda's dangers extend well beyond your teeth. Drinking an 11-ounce soft drink daily raises a man's risk of aggressive prostate cancer by a whopping 40%, a study finds. And while you're reducing your soda intake, you may want to take a look at your rice and pasta... More »

Soda Makers Sue NYC Over 16-Ounce Limit

Bloomberg rep calls the lawsuit 'predictable, yet baseless'

(Newser) - New York City's ban on big sodas may have passed easily , but a coalition of labor and business groups fought back today by filing a lawsuit, the New York Times reports. The suit contends that city officials imposed the 16-ounce limit by "executive fiat" without allowing City Council... More »

NYC's Soda Ban Passes Easily

...Possibly because Michael Bloomberg appointed the board

(Newser) - New York City's Board of Health overwhelmingly passed Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on large sodas and other sugary drinks today—a result that surprised exactly no one, given that Bloomberg appointed the entire board, the Wall Street Journal reports. Before the vote, Bloomberg's administration delivered a 20-minute... More »

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