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Replacing Sugary Drinks for Better Health

Replacing Sugary Drinks for Better Health

New research confirms that replacing one daily serving of a sugary soft drink with water or other unsweetened beverages can lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 14%. As reported by Vending Market Watch, researchers also found that there was an approximately 22% increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes per extra serving per day of sugary drinks, but that consuming fruit juice did not contribute to additional risk.

It’s no wonder that cities around the country are making efforts to educate local citizens about the effects of sugary beverages on health. Last week, San Francisco lawmakers voted unanimously in favor of health warnings on advertising for soda and other sugary drinks within city limits. San Francisco would be the first city in the U.S. to use this type of warning. The proposed warning label would read:

WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar leads to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay. This is a message from the City and County of San Francisco.

The health warning message would appear on print advertising for sugary drinks containing more than 25 calories from sweeteners per 12 ounces, including regular soda, sports and energy drinks, and iced teas. Diet soda, milk and 100% fruit juices would be excluded.

Contrary to recent California statewide efforts, the warning would be restricted to advertising, instead of being printed on sugary drink containers. Still, lawmakers see this as a step in the right direction in combating California’s obesity and diabetes epidemic by educating consumers.

As other cities around the country demand healthier drink options and consumers become more and more health conscious, it’s essential for HealthyYOU Vending distributors to stay educated and informed about healthy vending products. Follow HealthyYOU Vending on Facebook to stay up to date with the latest news, and visit our website to learn more about stocking healthy vending machines with healthier drink options.


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