The move, prompted in part by an initiative developed by The World Heart Federation, is aimed at fighting rising childhood obesity rates around the world.
The World Heart Federation has been negotiating with global soft drink makers to try and halt the sales of high calorie beverages in schools for the past year. Following their announcement this week, PepsiCo becomes the first major soda maker to adopt the policy worldwide.
While sugary drinks will be off the menu, the company will still supply water, fat-free or low-fat milk, and sugar-free juice in primary schools, as well as low calorie soft drinks, such as Diet Pepsi, in secondary schools.
Meanwhile, Coca Cola has announced it will stop selling its products in primary schools, unless parents or school authorities request them. It also promised to offer a full-range of low-calorie beverages alongside regular soft drinks in secondary schools.
All research on this web site is the property of Leslie Beck Nutrition Consulting Inc. and is protected by copyright. Keep in mind that research on these matters continues daily and is subject to change. The information presented is not intended as a substitute for medical treatment. It is intended to provide ongoing support of your healthy lifestyle practices.