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[Perspectives] The politics and science of soda and our health

The global pandemics of obesity and diabetes have heightened focus on how the foods we eat—and how the companies that make, market, and sell these foods—influence our health. Among different products, a lion’s share of attention has been given to soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), including sports drinks, energy drinks, and iced teas. For good reason: SSBs have no intrinsic health value, make us more fat, and separately increase risk of diabetes. Globally, SSBs are estimated to contribute to about 184 000 deaths each year.