Friday, July 15, 2005

Warning Labels On Pop?

should warning labels be placed on cans of non-diet soft drinks?
If one consumer advocacy group has its way, non diet soft drinks will contain the same type of warning labels that can be found on packages of cigarettes. In the continuing fight to battle obesity in this country, the Center for Science in the Public Interest says it wants the warning label. The group claims a 12-ounce can of soda contains approximately eight and a half teaspoons of sugar. A study done from 1999 to 2002 shows the average teenage boy drinks three cans, while the average teenage girl drinks two every day.
The consumer group says this can only contribute to the rise in obesity and diabetes in the U.S. Soft drink makers say their product should not be singled out. Also, they say diet drinks are a non- caloric alternative.