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Lawsuit Against 7UP’s Claim on Antioxidants

By Fredrica Syren

Makers of popular sodas such as 7UP, Dr Pepper and Snapple have failed to enter the health food market with claims of added antioxidants after a law suit for misleading consumers was filed against them. The Center for Science in the Public Interest, which advocates food safety and nutrition, is part of a lawsuit against Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. for touting an added antioxidant in some 7UP varieties.

The sodas named in the law suit is 7UP Cherry Antioxidant, Mixed Berry Antioxidant, and Pomegranate Antioxidant that were launched in 2009. Despite the pictures of cherries, blackberries, cranberries, raspberries and pomegranates on various 7UP labels, the drinks do not contain any fruit or juice.

This is not the first time a soda company has gotten into hot water over nutrition mislabeling. In 2008 the FDA warned Coca-Cola about its labeling of Diet Coke Plus, a soft drink that was advertised as “Diet Coke with Vitamins and Minerals.” In 2009 the same company was sued by the Center for Science in the Public Interest for its deceptive claims over Vitamin Water. Basically, the suit said that Coca-Cola was selling sugar water as a vitamin-boosting drink that could reduce the risk of diseases.

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Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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