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New Labels On Drinks Will Give More Accurate Portrayal Of Calorie Count

March 24, 2011 by  

New labels on drinks will give more accurate portrayal of calorie countNutrition labels on sodas and juices have been giving consumers a false sense of how many calories they were drinking since the number only represented that of a single 8-ounce serving size.

New labels will reflect the total number of calories in a bottle or can of 20 ounces or less.

"Unbeknownst to those who are happily guzzling their favorite cola or fruit drink, most packaged beverages contain multiple servings, and most Americans fail to do the math on the total calorie count," said Jessica Bartfield, M.D., medical weight loss specialist at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital.

Bartfield said the previous labeling system was somewhat deceptive and that it hid the actual calorie content in beverages.

Authors of the study noted that the average United States resident consumes an estimated 22.5 teaspoons of refined sugar each day, and that about half of that comes from sugary beverages. Also, 10 percent of overweight adults drink an excess of 450 calories per day in soda and juice.

High sugar consumption has been shown to lead to various health problems such as obesity and diabetes.  

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  • s c

    Calorie content is but one part of the puzzle. Because of deceptive label practices (and a sold-out, worthless Congress and FDA), consumers still need to be educated concerning sweeteners.
    It’s sad to admit that when we had only ‘regular’ sugar in pop and juice, we could buy quality products. Now, thanks to chemical manipulators and the lure of easy, quick money, consumers have to READ a product’s contents, understand what is said and what is implied, and then think about making a purchase.
    Good luck. You’ll need it. Congress isn’t on your side, and neither is the FDA. Odds are that your MD
    will wink at anything you drink (other than alcohol), so educate yourselves and beat the bastards at their own game. Your health does matter, doesn’t it?

  • Raggs

    Here we go again!

    When was the last time you seen a T.V. and for a soft drink? Answer 2008!

    I am so freaking sick of the bitch in the white house telling me what to eat and drink!

  • http://com i41

    As well as the both of the marxist /communist supporter being on permant vacation with $100 dollar meals. When the marxist muslim moron served Kolba beef shipped in a $100+ a pound for everyfreak dem supporter. I guess our American beef wasn’t good enough and listening to the stupid Bammee’s roping mare promote the disstain of our meat production in the USA. Most of the idoits that promote diet drinks will put on more weight than using regular sugar drinks. Because sugart only has 4 grams per teaspoon, butthe citizen are hooke on the tendy crap, instead on common sense.


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