7-Up Agrees To Remove Vitamin E from Drinks

Staff Writer
7-Up maker, the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, agrees to take out the health-boosting additives after a lawsuit

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If you’ve been fighting free radicals by getting your daily dose of antioxidants from 7-Up, we’ve got bad news for you — the soda won’t be adding vitamin E anymore. Dr. Pepper Snapple Group has come to an agreement not to add vitamin E anymore in response to an argument with the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).

The beverage company has been adding small amounts of vitamin E into some flavors of 7-Up, including regular and diet Cherry Antioxidant, Mixed Berry Antioxidant, and Pomegranate Antioxidant. In November, however, a man from Sherman Oaks, Calif. sued the company in the District Court in California.

The CSPI noted the images of fruits like berries and pomegranates on the soda cans, which resulted in an impression to consumers that the antioxidants and vitamins came from the actual fruit, when in reality it came from an additive of vitamin E. “Soda is not a health food, and should not be marketed as a healthy source of antioxidants or other nutrients,” Steve Gardner, litigation director at CSPI, said in a statement to the LA Times.

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If it hasn’t been clear enough in recent news and studies, soda isn’t a healthy beverage and often has been said to have negative health effects. We vote if you want to load up on antioxidants, head to the fruit aisle — or load up on some healthy teas.