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FDA Should Work to Cut Sugar Levels in Sodas, Experts Say
Date:2/13/2013

s, on average, consuming between 18 and 23 teaspoons -- about 300 to 400 calories -- of added sugars each day, according to the petition.

Many teens and young adults consume even more sugar than the average. Some get at least 25 percent of their calories from added sugar, according to the 2007-2008 U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

The CSPI petition notes that cities around the country have taken note of the problem and have acted. In New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is capping restaurant soda serving sizes at 16 ounces -- a move that has met with considerable resistance from some who believe it tramples individuals' rights.

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For more on obesity, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

SOURCES: Michael Jacobson, Ph.D., executive director, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Washington, D.C.; David Katz, M.D., M.P.H., director, Yale Prevention Research Center, New Haven, Conn.; J. Patrick Mohan, interim president, Corn Refiners Association; American Beverage Association, statement, Feb. 13, 2013


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