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US Soda Makers Pledge 20 Percent Calorie Cut by 2025

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  • The American Beverage Association (ABA) announced that it will cut the number of calories consumed from sugary drinks by 20 percent in the US over the next 10 years
  • The ABA, which includes members such as Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, regularly lobbies in order to protect the interests of the soda industry
  • ABA intends to achieve its goal of reduced soda calories, in part, by offering more zero or low-calorie drinks, but diet sodas are just as dangerous to your health (and perhaps more so) than regular soda
  • Rather than educate consumers about the real health risks of soda, the industry has taken on a different marketing ploy by introducing smaller “guilt-free” sizes
  • Soda consumption is linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, liver damage, osteoporosis, acid reflux, and more

By Dr. Mercola

The soda industry is a $75-billion market, an industry that reached its greatest heights in the US during the 1980s and 1990s, when Coca-Cola began pushing larger drink sizes and “upsizing.” Fountain drink sizes grew more than 50 percent by 1990, and in 1994, the 20-ounce plastic bottle was introduced in the US.

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