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California Bill Would Require Health Warning Labels on Sugary Drinks

Max Pringle / CPRN
 

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The bill would mandate health warning labels on drinks with 75 or more calories per 12 ounces. The bill’s sponors say consumers need information.

“SB 1000 is all about education,” says Doctor Harold Goldstein with the California Center for Public Health Advocacy. “This warning label tells the truth about soda and then let’s consumers decide for themselves what to drink.”

The California Beverage Association says other sources like fats, oils and starches make up the majority of the added calories in the U.S. diet over the past few decades.

But bill supporters say calories from sugary liquids have no nutritional value and are the single largest contributor to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.