PepsiCo plans to cut sugar and calories to tackle obesity

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By Sean Dowling, Buzz60

A major player in the soda industry just set a target to cut sugar and calories in its drinks as a way to tackle obesity amid growing health concerns about sugar-sweetened beverages.

New York-based PepsiCo says that by 2025, at least two-thirds of its drinks will have 100 calories or less from added sugar per 12-ounce serving.

Nearly 40 percent of drinks in the company's portfolio, which includes Mountain Dew and sports drinks, already meet this goal.

Analysts expect Pepsi to spend millions in the process, reformulating existing drinks and snacks with lower sugar, salt and fat content.

Don't forget, the company also has chips, and dips.

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The 2025 goals also include targets for reducing sodium and saturated fat.

For the drinks, the company plans to introduce more zero and low-calorie options to meet the goal.

The move comes shortly after officials at the World Health Organization recommended taxes on sugary drinks to combat obesity.

Pepsi's competitor, Coca-Cola, aims to offer low or no-calorie options in every market by 2020.

No matter which brand you've pledged allegiance to, soon enough, they'll be on the same page when it comes to your health.

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