California announced today that all soda beverages must be labeled with warnings of weight gain, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, etc. If the law passed, it will be enacted on July 1, 2015.
Some people will continue to consume soda regardless of the labels; however, others may be less inclined or may limit their intake of sweet beverages. It is alleged that there are approximately 10 teaspoons of sugar in each 12-ounce can of soda. It is also important to know that actual sugar is not used to sweeten beverages such as sodas, instead, it’s an artificial sweetener, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). HFCS is linked to obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, etc.
Warning labels may not deter everyone but it will absolutely contribute to behavior change. The warning labels extend to all sugar-sweetened drinks. Sweet drinks that contain HFCS should be labeled since most of these include juices that are targeted to toddlers and young children. Dependence on unhealthy foods and drinks starts early.
Additionally, the caramel color use in many sodas may contain a carcinogenic chemical (4-Mel).
To read more about the proposed law click here.
To read more about the caramel color chemical click here.