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Sugary Drinks Cut, But Will Waistlines Whittle?

Jul 7, 2010

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In April, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order banning "calorically sweetened beverages" from vending machines on city property. It's a detailed directive that calls out not just sodas, but sports drinks, sweetened "water" drinks, and even fruit juices with added sugar.  Now, according to John Cote at the San Francisco Chronicle, the impact of his policy is being felt. Chong Park, who manages the City Hall Cafe, anticipates replacing the sodas in her stock with 100% juice will be expensive. But still, she's on board.

"The future is going to be affected," Park said. "But I don't want to be in trouble with the mayor. I like him very much."

The policy will also affect new bids for leases on cafes and service to vending machines. But will it help fight obesity, Newsom's hoped-for goal?  Only time will tell.



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