Carbonated Soft Drink Sales Decline Again In 2011

U.S. carbonated soft drink consumption fell faster last year as strength in energy drinks failed to offset weakness in traditional sodas from Coca-Cola Co and PepsiCo Inc., according to Beverage Digest, Reuters News reported. For the full story, click here.

Editor’s Insight: The decline in soda consumption has been constant since 2000. Despite this, obesity rates continue to increase. While some of the soda alternatives include just as much sugar as soda, it’s time for educators and nutritionists to recognize that sugar consumption and caloric intake are not the only factors contributing to obesity.

Too many public officials are too quick to propose nutrition restrictions as a way to reduce obesity.

The food and beverage industry has supported numerous efforts to educate consumers about the importance of exercise and a balanced diet. Government officials should focus their efforts likewise. 03-21-12 By Elliot Maras