Caroline Peyton

Fizzy Drink labelling to change?

Nutritional therapists are well aware that sugary drinks hold a host of dangers for the consumer.  It is reassuring that this is now being acknowledged on a wider scale with San Francisco tightening up with warnings on their labelling.  The labels are to read:

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

This new law has been passed as part of a project targeting consumption of high-calorie beverages linked to weight gain and diabetes. San Francisco’s board also agreed to ban adverts for sugary drinks on state owned property (e.g.  bus stops) and to prohibit the use of city funds for the purchase of sugar laden beverages.

“Today, San Francisco has sent a clear message that we need to do more to protect our community’s health,” Supervisor Scott Wiener, who proposed the warning label, said in a statement. “These health warnings will help provide people information they need to make informed decisions about what beverages they consume. Requiring health warnings on soda ads also makes clear that these drinks aren’t harmless — indeed, quite the opposite — and that the puppies, unicorns, and rainbows depicted in soda ads aren’t reality.”