Soda and other sugary drinks are leading promoters of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Sugar-sweetened beverages are the largest source of calories in children’s diets and provide nearly half of their added sugar intake. Drinking just one sugary drink every day increases a child’s odds of becoming obese by 60 percent. With one in three children overweight or obese in the U.S., it no longer makes sense to include sugary beverages as part of meals for young children.
We have until January 29 to stop the Trump Administration from delaying and weakening policies that are reducing salt in school meals to healthier levels. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's proposal to delay planned sodium reductions for three years (and stop future reductions) will mean American kids will eat 84 more teaspoons of salt.
Many of the largest restaurant chains have revamped their kids menus in recent years by removing soda and other sugary beverages to help make healthier choices easier for parents. But Arby’s, one of the largest fast-food chains in the country, has added soda back onto their kids menu and removed its offerings of fresh apple slices. This is a move in the wrong direction. Take action now to urge Arby’s to do better by kids.
Take Action: Tweet at the FDA Commissioner to ensure there's no animal feces on the food you bring home to your family.
Chili’s is the “winner” of the first-ever Lifetime Achievement award at the MilliGrammys—awards recognizing ridiculous amounts of sodium in restaurant meals. Most of us should limit ourselves to about 1,500 to 2,300 milligrams of sodium daily. But some meals at Chili’s, like its Crispy Fiery Pepper Crispers—with 6,240 milligrams— double or almost triple that amount. Contact Chili’s President Wyman T. Roberts and ask him to support sodium reduction!
The retail food environment should support shoppers’ health, not undermine it. Starting with checkout—one of the most profitable and unhealthy areas of the store, where extra calories are pushed on shoppers (they’re called impulse purchases for a reason)—CSPI is asking Walmart, Kroger, Publix, and Walgreens to rethink the foods and beverages that are sold near the cash register and instead offer products that support shoppers’ efforts to eat well.
When it comes to safeguarding your family from dangerous chemicals, the Trump administration evidently thinks it is just fine to nominate a scientist who took money from Big Food for decades while pushing for less protective chemical safety standards. Michael Dourson, Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, led a group of consultants who argued for weaker protections on food chemicals, from pesticides to perchlorate.
Supermarkets should stop pushing soda and candy on their customers at checkout and offer healthy choices instead. Join us in asking Walmart, Kroger, and other major supermarkets to do right by their customers and remove junk food from checkout.
New York consumers have a right to know about the chronic health risks associated with the consumption of soda and other sugary drinks. Ask your New York State Representatives to support require warning labels on sugar-sweetened beverages.
Dirty food, dirty air, dirty water—that’s what we’ll get if we don’t stop Congress from passing the Big Business Protection Act. (Okay, the real, but deceptive, name of the bill is the Regulatory Accountability Act). Ask your senators to oppose it now.