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Coles and Woolworths' Soft Drink Sales Slump Amid Health Fears

Soda sales are slumping around the world, sending retailers like Coles, Woolworths, Foodworks and IGA supermarkets into a frenzy of concern about losing an estimated $80 million in soda sales, The Age (Australia) reports. The Age added that “the news is particularly bleak for the sugar industry.”

Sugary beverage sales are going down in the U.S. too, decreasing by 25 percent between 1998 and 2014. But the bad news is that soda companies have shifted their focus to developing countries — meaning they’re simply shifting the health dangers to very vulnerable populations that are already contending with disease and illness.

Soda is a major culprit driving the obesity trend and associated health problems around the world. Research suggests sugary beverages alone are to blame for about 183,000 deaths worldwide each year, including 133,000 diabetes deaths, 44,000 heart disease deaths, and 6,000 cancer deaths.

The soda industry has been very effective in its efforts to deceive you about this, but the truth remains that sweetened beverages, whether sweetened with sugar, HFCS, naturally occurring fructose or artificial sweeteners, are among the worst culprits in the fight against obesity and related health problems.

If you struggle with weight or health issues, please give some serious thought to replacing soda and other sweet drinks, including fruit juices, with pure water. If you need some flavor, try adding a squirt of lime or lemon juice to still or sparkling water. Tea is another option. Just avoid adding sugar, and steer clear of bottled varieties as they're usually chockfull of added sugars. My free nutrition plan can help you do this in a step-by-step fashion.
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