January 25th, 2013
01:00 AM ET
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New York City's attempt to keep people from fattening up on sugary soft drinks, by banning some of them, would disproportionately hurt small, minority-owned businesses, according to the NAACP and the Hispanic Federation.

The two groups have filed a joint brief supporting a lawsuit by the American Beverage Association in which they say New York's unelected Board of Health overstepped its power in approving the ban the sale of sugary drinks bigger than 16 ounces in certain city venues.

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New Coke commercials address obesity issue
January 14th, 2013
11:30 PM ET
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It's a statistic we've been hearing far too often - and for far too long. Two-thirds of American adults are either overweight or obese - and the problem is only getting worse.

Even Coca-Cola, the world's largest beverage company, is now calling obesity "the issue of this generation."

The world's most valuable brand took the last seat at a crowded table Monday, when it launched an ad campaign aimed at "reinforcing its efforts to work together with American communities, business and government leaders to find meaningful solutions to the complex challenge of obesity."

You need to stay hydrated, might as well make it interesting
July 4th, 2012
11:00 AM ET
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It's hot. It's really hot. It's offensively, ickily, dangerously hot, and you need to hydrate.

First up, there's water. Chug, chug, chug. But not everyone is keen on plain old, boring old water, and I'm not here to be a judgmental schmuck about that. All I'm saying is that you should introduce some H20 into your body several times a day in the midst of this heat, and there are ways to make that less deadly dull.

David Frum says 'Good for Bloomberg,' backs soda ban
June 4th, 2012
03:30 PM ET
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Editor's note: David Frum is a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Daily Beast and a CNN contributor. He is the author of seven books, including a new novel, "Patriots."

Nobody seems to have a positive word for Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposal to ban oversized servings of sugary drinks in New York's food-service establishments.

The mayor has been decried as a nanny. He has been accused of selective enforcement. (A Starbucks 20 ounce drink can have more than 500 calories, but will be exempt from the ban because it contains more than 50% milk.) The beverage industry complains that solutions to the obesity problem ought to be more "comprehensive." One important conservative magazine called the mayor's actions a form of "fascism."

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Soda ban is a slippery slope
June 4th, 2012
02:15 PM ET
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Editor's note: Mark A. Pereira is an associate professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota.

Smart policies are essential to America's "war on obesity."

The latest idea in that fight is a curious proposal from Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City. He's planning to ban the sale of sugary drinks 16 ounces or larger in public venues such as restaurants and movie theaters.

Critics are crying that the move is an infringement on personal freedom. But the bigger question is: What's the rationale behind targeting a single dietary factor in the sea of unhealthy foods and drinks that barrage us every day? Is it scientifically sound?

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May 31st, 2012
12:45 PM ET
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New York City is set to ban the sale of large-size sodas and other sugary beverages in an effort to combat rising obesity rates, city officials said Thursday.

The ban would outlaw the sale of such drinks larger than 16 ounces at restaurants, food carts and any other establishment that receives a letter grade for food service. It would not apply to grocery stores.

The New York City Department of Health will submit the measure to the Board of Health on June 12. There will then be a three-month comment period before the board votes on the proposal, according to a document city officials provided to CNN.

Read - New York City seeks to ban big sodas from restaurants, food carts

Previously - How I kicked my Coke habit and Is drinking soda really that bad for you?

Coke chills out with a new can design
October 25th, 2011
04:15 PM ET
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Coke cans are getting a whitewash.

From November 1st through the end of February, Coca-Cola (KO, Fortune 500) will release 1.4 billion white Coke cans in the U.S. and Canada, each showing polar bears against a field of white. The temporary redesign is part of a joint campaign the company is undertaking with the World Wildlife Fund to protect the Arctic habitat of its wintertime mascot, the polar bear.

"We're using one of our greatest assets - our flagship brand, Coca-Cola - to raise awareness for this important cause," Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO of the Coca-Cola Company, said.

Read Coke cans get a new look

Previously - How I kicked my Coke habit

How I kicked my Coke habit
September 28th, 2011
09:15 AM ET
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Holy crap, did I used to drink a lot of Diet Coke. Not just a can or two at lunch and one with dinner. Not just a pick-me-up in the afternoon or the tail end of a droopy morning. More like two liters a day at the very minimum - sometimes four.

Had the end times come and yea and verily the East and Hudson rivers risen up and swallowed New York, I could have easily lashed together a raft of the empty plastic bottles I'd amassed in my recycling bin since the last trash day. First port of call: wherever they're keeping the rest of the Diet Coke. And I'd probably have to fight for it.

Superdeluxe sodas
September 26th, 2011
10:00 AM ET
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to get our grub on, we listen up.

Fall is new everything season! And that includes sodas. So unless you’re a kid in a school district with a soda ban in effect, you should check out these amazing drinks. School kids can try them after class.

Avery's Beverages
The Connecticut-based company has been around for 100 years, making small-batch sodas with well water and cane sugar. And then there’s their ‘Totally Gross Sodas’ line. The Toxic Slime is a bright blue mix of ‘blue raspberry’/orange/lemon. Bug Barf is green, made with kiwi and pineapple. The newest Gross flavor is the passionfruit and lime Fungal Fruit. I understand that these sodas actually taste good but I’m not touching Kitty Piddle Soda, which is yellow, under any circumstances.

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