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CDC study finds more Americans consuming diet drinks than in 2000

BY Melissa Valliant

Today’s Americans are drinking significantly more diet drinks than they were a decade ago, according to a new study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Researchers found that roughly one-fifth of the U.S. population is sipping on diet drinks, such as calorie-free and low-calorie versions of soda, fruit drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks and carbonated water. While about 17.8% of women and 13.9% of men drank diet drinks back in 2000, 21.2% of women and 19% of women are drinking them now.

Gender didn’t make much of a difference when it came to diet drink consumption, except in the age group of 12- to 19-year-olds; in this group of adolescents, women drank significantly more diet drinks than men.

The study found that ethnicity and income played a role in determining who chose diet beverages. Non-Hispanic whites drank more diet drinks than non-Hispanic blacks and Hispanics; and the higher Americans’ income, the more diet drinks they consumed.

This data corresponds to recent data that found that Americans are drinking fewer sugary drinks than they used to. In 2000, people were consuming 150 calories a day from the sugar in soda; that figure dropped to 91 calories a day in 2008.

The CDC’s new statistics are based on in-person interviews with thousands of people in the "National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey."

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DiGiorno launches two product lines

BY Allison Cerra

NORTHBROOK, Ill. — DiGiorno is looking to deliver pizza in new ways with the launch of new pizza dipping strips and Italian Style Favorites pizza.

DiGiorno pizza dipping strips, available in pepperoni, three meat and four cheese varieties, feature the combination of a DiGiorno thick crust pizza, in twelve easy pull-apart strips and two dipping sauces: marinara and garlic.

Meanwhile, the DiGiorno Italian Style Favorites pizza line is a collection of three Italian-inspired, premium varieties on a rising crust with a touch of olive oil and herbs. The pizzas are available in meatball marinara, chicken parmesan, and meat trio varieties.

Both lines are available in stores’ freezer section for a suggested retail price of $7.39.

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Sierra Mist Natural expands to include strawberry kiwi flavor

BY Allison Cerra

PURCHASE, N.Y. — Sierra Mist Natural has rolled out a new flavor in time for summer.

Similar to the trademark flavor, Strawberry Kiwi Splash is made with real sugar and and is free of artificial additives or preservatives.

As part of the launch, the brand has kicked off a Facebook contest through which five families will win a vacation to the Grand Canyon. The contest ends July 31.

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