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Soda & Obesity: Just a Matter of Calories?

by Anne S. on Thursday, January 31, 2013

Rachel wanted me to share this article--mentioning the American Heart Association and interview with University of MN researcher, Simone French on sugar-sweetened beverages. 

Coca-cola will soon be running new ads discussing how drinking soda may contribute to obesity, but experts say the soda giant's campaign message may be overly simplistic.

The first ad, called "Coming Together," says consuming too many calories of any kind, from soda or other sources, leads to weight gain. "All calories count. No matter where they come from. Including Coca-Cola and everything else with calories," the ad states.

While it's true that a "calorie is a calorie," calories that come from soda and other sweetened beverages may be especially easy to overconsume compared to calories from solid food, said Simone French, associate director of the University of Minnesota Obesity Prevention Center...Read the rest of the article.

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