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Gone are the days of of­fice vend­ing ma­chines stocked with soft drinks

Think all that sugar and soda is go­ing to help your em­ploy­ees carry you to the top of your in­dus­try? Think again: ac­cord­ing to The New York Times, a grow­ing num­ber of work­places are look­ing to elim­i­nate sugar-sweet­ened bev­er­ages, in­clud­ing soda and en­ergy drinks, from their in­ven­tory.

Early ob­ser­va­tions in­di­cate that mak­ing soda un­avail­able from work­place may help curb crav­ings 24-hours a day. At the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, San Fran­cisco, every cam­pus food sup­plier – in­clud­ing lo­ca­tions like Sub­way – was told to re­move soda from shelves. The UCSF was cu­ri­ous to see if the lack of avail­abil­ity had any mea­sur­able health ef­fects on its 24,000 em­ploy­ees. The re­searchers are cur­rently in the process of eval­u­at­ing 214 blood sam­ples col­lected to ob­serve changes in meta­bolic ac­tiv­ity. A pre­lim­i­nary sur­vey of 2500 work­ers showed that soft drink in­ges­tion was be­ing re­duced by roughly a quar­ter.

By far, the changes have been adopted by more than 30 med­i­cal cen­ters in the U.S. Pol­i­cy­mak­ers are even at­tempt­ing to di­lute soda con­sump­tion by rais­ing sales taxes on sugar-sweet­ened bev­er­ages. Ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion, more than 20 per­cent price hike would di­rectly re­sult in a 20 per­cent re­duc­tion in soft drink con­sump­tion.

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