YMCAs Of Western North Carolina Remove Soda From Vending Machines

The five YMCAs of Western North Carolina have removed all sodas and “unhealthy beverages” from their vending machines, replacing them with water, flavored water and juice, according to The Citizen Times in Asheville, N.C. For the full story, click here

Editors Insight: The article does not explain what criteria the YMCAs are using for “healthy” beverages. Some nutritionists argue that juice, one of the beverages that the YMCAs is still offering, includes as much if not more sugar than carbonated beverages.

In another story in today’s VendingMarketWatch, the Boston Globe argues that cranberry juice should be kept out of school vending machines since 12 ounces of cranberry juice cocktail contains more sugar than the equivalent amount of soda. 06-28-12 By Elliot Maras