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The Los Angeles Times reports that Dr. Pepper Snapple Group has "agreed to stop adding vitamin E to some of its drinks and halt claims that the product has antioxidants as part of a settlement with a health advocacy group."

According to the story, "The company had been infusing small amounts of vitamin E into some varieties of 7-Up -- regular and diet Cherry Antioxidant, Mixed Berry Antioxidant and Pomegranate Antioxidant -- when the firm was sued in November in U.S. District Court in California on behalf of a Sherman Oaks man.

"The Center for Science in the Public Interest also took issue with the images of berries and pomegranates on the soda's labels, saying it gave the impression that the antioxidants came from fruit instead of the added vitamin E ... The drink company also agreed to pay $5,000 to the Center for Science in the Public Interest and $237,500 in attorney’s fees."

The story quotes Steve Gardner, litigation director at CSPI, as saying: “Soda is not a health food, and should not be marketed as a healthy source of antioxidants or other nutrients."
KC's View:
guess that soft drink manufacturers will have to be satisfied with being tasty and refreshing. Being "healthy" seems to be out...

It was just last week, by the way, that a study was released by Purdue University suggesting that "the artificial sweeteners in diet soda can cause weight gain, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and heart disease, adding to mounting research about the potential health risks of diet soft drinks."