February 17, 2014

Proposed Warning Label for Soda


warningIn light of the increasing epidemic of obesity, a bill was recently introduced to state legislature in California to slap a warning label on sugary sodas. It’s important to proceed with caution insofar as healthy choices but is this really necessary?

As we wait for the debut of the new and improved FDA food labels, governmental brainstorming has suggested that we take earnest guidance a step further.

SB-100 is the  name tagged on this movement. A senator commented, “sugar-sweetened beverages are the single largest reason for the obesity epidemic in California”.

The bill would require warning labels on cans and bottles of soda, energy drinks and sweetened teas — any drinks that contain 75 or more calories in 12 ounces. Sounds a bit more lenient than Mayor Bloomberg’s veto on the sale, all together.

Quite simply, the proposed warning label would say, “‘STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.”

At the risk of getting lost in a sea of warning labels, is this really going to change anything? It’s the end-result that matters in the big picture. Warning labels are one thing and results are another. Let’s see what this does for obesity and T2D if California passes the bill.

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