Monday, March 22, 2010

Pepsi Gets It!?

As I have said before, less government regulation and the market driven forces will act accordingly for a better and healthier world. Pepsi is going to the lead the way with a 25% reduction in sugar, saturated fats, and sodium by the end of the decade. Why? Because it is the right the thing to do.

The World Health Organization has said that reductions in these ingredients could help tackle diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other conditions. It said this was of increasing importance in the developing as well as developed world.

Furthermore, the cuts go beyond what the governments actually are recommending. That is market driven capitalism at its core.

Derek Yach, senior vice-president of global health policy, said: “This goes beyond many of the calls for action by governments. . . [which] have mostly lacked any competence to launch, implement and monitor reductions. The advantage of a self-regulatory system is it puts the costs of action and enforcement on industry.”

One of the important ways that a reduction in saturated fats will be accomplished is a conversion to sunflower oil while artificial sweeteners will replace the fructose. Along those same lines, many industries including universities have switched to either canola or soy oils and if they have not yet, they should be in order to be leaders.

What this means to a university dining operation? We have to put on our game faces and do the same if not more. University Dining is always on the leading edge of transformation and letting Pepsi out do us would be embarrassing to say the least. Come on everyone; let’s get on with reducing the fat, sugar, and sodium from our menus for a healthier world. Maybe if we do this, we won’t need healthcare for all. Oh well, we just got it! Now we can focus on lowering the healthcare costs with a better diet...


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