Geoffrey Holder: Much More than a 7Up Pitchman

TV commercials for 7Up made a powerful impression on us in the 1970s and ’80s in large part because of the pitchman: A handsome gentleman clad in an elegant white suit and hat, who spoke in stentorian tones infused with a Caribbean lilt. Lounging in a straw chair, Geoffrey Holder touted the no-caffeine virtues of the “Uncola” as he poured and sipped a glass of the bubbly beverage, and at the end, drove home his point by leaning back his …

Could You Give Up Sugar for 10 Days?

Television host Katie Couric, whose new documentary, “Fed Up,” blames sugar for the country’s spiraling obesity problem, is challenging people to take a 10-day break from the sweet stuff. In an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Couric urged people to try and give up foods with added sugar, including artificial sweeteners, “which have the same impact on your brain as added sugar.” That means foods with naturally occurring sugar, including fresh fruit and plain yogurt, are fine, but options …

Put Down the Diet Soda, Ladies. It’s Bad for Your Heart

Healthy, postmenopausal women who drink two or more diet sodas a day are at a higher risk for heart attack, stroke and even death, according to a large new national study. The research looked at diet-soda intake and heart health in nearly 60,000 women participating in the national Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study, which investigates health risk factors for women ages 50 to 79. The average age of the women in this study was nearly 63, and none had a …

Sugar, Servings and Calories: A Food-Label Makeover

After two decades, the nutrition labels on the food products we buy are getting a much-needed update, with proposed changes that provide a more realistic picture of the serving size, calories and added sugar those products contain. The changes were unveiled today at the White House as part of the fourth anniversary of the first lady’s Let’s Move! antiobesity campaign. For consumers, the new labels could serve up a major reality check: The serving size for ice cream, for example, …

Tu soda favorita podrí­a contener cancerí­genos

Otra vez las sodas o refrescos vuelven a las noticias y de manera negativa. En esta ocasión la Administración de Alimentos y Medicamentos (FDA, por sus siglas en inglés) está investigando el colorante que se usa en algunas sodas, maltas -y hasta alimentos- para darles ese tono caramelo, tan apetitoso a la vista. Dicho colorante artificial contiene un quí­mico cancerí­geno llamado 4-metilimidazol (4-MEI), según un reciente estudio realizado por Consumer Reports. Esta organización basa su aseveración en una investigación realizada …

Does Your Soda Contain Carcinogens?

Caramel coloring, the stuff used to give sodas their brown color, may sound harmless, but a new study shows it can contain a chemical that’s been linked to cancer – and the Food and Drug Administration is checking it out. Consumer Reports said it found higher-than-necessary levels of a compound called 4-methylimidazole, or 4-MEI, in a dozen brands of soda; 4-MEI is an impurity that can form in the manufacture of the coloring. The drinks tested by Consumer Reports were …