Food Companies Cut Calories

Food companies took a stand against obesity, and 16 of them cut a total of 1.5 trillion calories from their products. Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestle USA, Kellogg, General Mills, and Kraft Foods were just some of the companies that kept the promises they made to the government three years ago to lower the amount of calories in the foods they make.

“Our industry has a important role to play in helping people lead healthy lives and our actions are having a positive impact,” Indra Nooyi, Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation chair and CEO of PepsiCo, said in a news conference. “We see continued opportunities to give consumers the choices they’re looking for and to work collaboratively with the public and non-profit sectors on initiatives that enable continued progress.”

Ultimately, the companies participating have exceeded government expectations and the project was a success. According to Forbes, each company who participated in the challenge each cut out more than 14 calories a day on average, which contributes to a two- to three-pound weight loss each year. The goal of the program was to reduce obesity in children, and the government is hopeful that this will make an impact in sugar consumption among youth. In order to lower your calorie consumption, consider taking an online culinary course to learn about nutrition.

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