Soda as a health food? The Center for Science in the Public Interest begs to differ.
By LIZ NEPORENT and MIKAELA CONLEY (@mikaelaconley)
Nov. 9, 2012
Although the label on 7UP's new line of antioxidant regular and diet sodas claims "There's never been a more delicious way to cherry pick your antioxidant!" the consumer group has cried foul and it's suing the soda's maker, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, for making false health claims.
CSPI said the drinks contain not a single drop of fruit juice and only a "small amount" of added vitamin E -- which the group claims has no proven antioxidant benefits anyway.
"Nondiet varieties of 7UP, like other sugary drinks, promote obesity, diabetes, tooth decay, and other serious health problems, and no amount of antioxidants could begin to reduce those risks," said CSPI Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson. "Adding an antioxidant to a soda is like adding menthol to a cigarette -- neither does anything to make an unhealthy product health" ...