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Mon Jul 16 2012
Column: Letters to the Editor
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The Canadian Beverage Association feels this story does a disservice to readers by suggesting that diet beverage can't play a role in weight loss. Diet beverages contain zero calories and as a result do not contribute to weight gain.
Non-nutritive sweeteners used in diet beverages have been highlighted as "useful option for losing weight," according to the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Associations. The challenge arises when individuals consume extra calories from other sources as a reward for choosing a diet beverage.
The Canadian beverage industry is working to provide Canadians with tools and products necessary to make informed decisions about their beverage choices.
Clear on Calories, a front-of-pack caloric labeling initiative, displays caloric content and serving size.
Industry Guidelines for the Sale of Beverages in Schools has removed all full-calorie soft drinks from primary, middle and secondary schools nationwide.
Jim Goetz, President
Canadian Beverage Association