This is definitely good news; sugar sodas will be removed from schools, but “the beverage industry said its school sales would not be affected because it expected to replace sugary drinks with other ones.”
Mark my words, folks. Juice is already a problem, and now that soda is out, and people have a notion that juice is healthier, it will take over as a big cause of unnecessary calories.
And most juices are not 100% juice. Product standards say that a product cannot be called “juice” unless it is 100% juice, so these products will be called “juice drink,” “nectar,” “beverage,” or “cocktail.” All these drinks are not healthy just because they’re from fruit. They’re not nutricious, and are loaded with calories–often just as many as soda. And if they don’t contain pulp, they don’t even contain any fiber benefits. Sure, you get a healthy whopping of vitamins from some juices, but that’s a reason to drink some juice, not gallons.
“But if an 8-year-old child took in 45 less calories per day, by the time he reached high school, he would weight 20 pounds less than he would have weighed otherwise.” Now that’s impressive. I hope I’m wrong about the juice thing.