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Study Shows Soda Taxes Just Don’t Work

March 26, 2015

We at Sip & Savor came across this column written by Michael Thomas, assistant professor in the Economics and Finance Department at Creighton University, on how soda and “junk food” taxes are regressive and won’t actually curb obesity or other health problems.  Thomas highlights the findings from his recent study published by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

The report found that “selective consumption taxes are both ineffective and regressive, and that improving education and increasing the availability of healthier goods may be better steps than raising taxes on those who can least afford them.”

Thomas also argues that the policymakers got the wrong approach when it comes to trying to solve the obesity challenge:

“Not only does this approach of tax first not…


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March 17, 2015

Low- And No-Calorie Beverages Repeatedly Shown To Be An Effective Tool For Weight Loss And Weight Maintenance

“Previous research, including human clinical trials, supports that diet beverages are an effective tool as part of an overall weight management plan.  Numerous studies have repeatedly demonstrated the benefits of diet beverages – as well as low-calorie sweeteners, which are in thousands of foods and beverages – in helping to reduce calorie intake.

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February 19, 2015

2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines For Americans Advisory Committee Report Makes Recommendations That Ignore Scientific Evidence

We appreciate the work of the 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, and agree that total diet and physical activity must be taken into consideration to achieve a healthy lifestyle.  However, the Committee’s efforts went beyond its charge and authority to develop dietary recommendations based on scientific evidence by advocating for public policies such as taxes and restrictions on foods and beverages. The Committee does not have the authority to make such recommendations, nor the scientific evidence or expertise to back up its recommendations.

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January 27, 2015

American Beverage Association Response To Human Reproduction Study On Sugar-Sweetened Beverages And Menarche

“Neither this study nor the body of science shows that sugar-sweetened beverage consumption causes early onset of menarche. What the body of science supports is that adolescent girls are reaching puberty earlier than prior generations; however, there is no scientific consensus concerning the cause of this trend.”

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January 22, 2015

Six U.S. Cities Win Grant Awards To Support Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiatives

WASHINGTON, D.C. —The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) announced today the winners of 2015 Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards, during its 83rd Winter Meeting in Washington, DC. The awards went to cities with outstanding programs that encourage healthy weight through balanced diet choices and regular physical activity.

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Today's SmartBrief

Karma Water's licensed dispensing cap helps bring international brands to U.S.

Karma Water, which makes cap-activated functional beverages, will bring two international brands that use its licensed cap to the U.S. market. New Zealand-based VitalZing and Brazilian BeautyIn have found success with the technology, which uses dispensing bottle caps to infuse beverages with a mix of powder and liquid ingredients. BeautyIn will enter the U.S. in the spring, and VitalZing will follow by September. BevNet.com (3/16)

Report: Consumers are buying more indulgent snacks than healthy ones

Sales of indulgent snacks increased by 3.1% last year, compared with a 2.5% increase for healthy snacks, despite a trend toward healthier food choices overall, according to data from IRI. The data show that consumers want to satisfy cravings for salty, sweet, crispy and crunchy foods when they choose to snack. FoodNavigator (3/24)

Study cites brain benefits from milk

Researchers found greater levels of glutathione, an antioxidant that helps prevent oxidative stress, in the brains of older individuals who consumed more milk. Oxidative stress is linked to a number of diseases, including Alzheimer's disease. The findings appear in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Science World Report (3/24)

Beverage brands update packaging to connect with consumers

Beverage manufacturers are turning to sustainable packaging materials, standout shapes and tech-enabled bottles with QR codes and near-field communication tags to strike an emotional chord with consumers in hopes of spurring sales. Unilever launched a new package for its Lipton Tea that bundles tea bags in shiny gold foil, which ties into the brand's "Brighten your day with Lipton tea" tagline. Packaging Digest (3/24) Click Here to Receive ABA SmartBrief Alerts

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Lima Mayor David Berger wins 2015 Childhood Obesity Prevention Award

ABA is proud to support the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) 2015 Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards. Announced in January,  the awards went to cities with outstanding programs that encourage healthy weight through balanced diet choices and regular physical activity.

You can learn more about the first place in the small city category winner by watching this video featuring Mayor David Berger of Lima, Ohio, and his "Cooking for Change" healthy eating initiative.  By encouraging creativity and innovation to help reduce obesity in Lima and Allen County, the program, which is designed by local food management and culinary arts students, offers challenges and cooking classes for both students and families to find efficient ways to make healthy and affordable meals.

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