Consumer Group Asks FDA To Limit Sweeteners In Soft Drinks

Limit Sweeteners In Soft Drinks

The Center for Science in Public Interest has officially implored the FDA, urging them to require soda manufacturers to reduce the amount of sweeteners like high-fructose corn syrup in their products.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a US regulatory agency responsible for setting health and safety guidelines for items such as food, prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and medical devices.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has submitted a 54 page regulatory petition to the FDA, urging them to determine safer limits on high-fructose corn syrup and other sugars in soft drinks.

The consumer group asserts the unhealthy role of the sugar beverages in obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, which warrants FDA intervention. The document cites “substantial scientific evidence” excessive sugar consumption is responsible for weight gain and chronic diseases like diabetes and gout.

CSPI executive director Michael F. Jacobson said:

“As currently formulated, Coke, Pepsi, and other sugar-based drinks are unsafe for regular human consumption. Like a slow-acting but ruthlessly efficient bioweapon, sugar drinks cause obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. The FDA should require the beverage industry to re-engineer their sugary products over several years, making them safer for people to consume, and less conducive to disease.”

Based on the daily average consumption of sugary beverages, soda and other sugar drinks are the single biggest source of calories in the American diet. Dental clinics have coined the term “Mountain Dew Mouth” blaming the over-consumption of Mountain Dew (a PepsiCo product) for the radical decline in oral health among children and teens.

High-fructose corn syrup is a common sweetener in sodas and fruit-flavored drinks. The use of supplemental sweeteners like high-fructose corn syrup has been controversial. Various studies contradict one another on the safety and hazards caused from ingesting the substance.

According to the Mayo Clinic, there is insufficient evidence to support the use of high-fructose corn syrup is any less healthy than other types of sweeteners. Claims have been asserted regarding how the body processes alternative sweeteners in comparison to table sugar.

Do you think high-fructose corn sugar is unsafe? Are you concerned about the types of sugar substitutes used in foods?

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