Since then, Philly was able to pass a "soda tax" which went into effect Jan 2017. In it's first year, it raised $78.8M.
Why? 16 cents on a $2.99 drink isn't going to make anyone think twice. It even applied to diet soft drinks that contained no sugar!
At that point I preferred it to even Pepsi Max.
Then later last year it went back to very ordinary IMO.
Lots of people believe lots of things that have no material backing. This one is no different from any other.
You like your cell phone. I like my Diet Pepsi. The overwhelming odds--both being evidence-of-absence situations because that bad study, of course, is not the only study that applies to artificial sweeteners--are that neither the radio in your cell phone or the sucralose in my Diet Pepsi are going to have much of an impact on either of us.
I did it with a combo of green tea and the soda water + lemon/lime flavoring drinks. I'll also drink water and add lemon or lime juice.
I feel a lot better not drinking soda. If I need a pick me up I'll drink green tea. If I need something carbonated I drink a soda water/citrus drink.
Now if I take a taste of soda, it tastes awful, I don't think I'll ever go back to drinking it.
IME, consistently, for my while life in the US, “Soda” (standalone) is (in general use, there are contexts where it means something else) a carbonated and flavored soft drink, whether or not it is sugared, while “soda water” is carbonated water without additional flavor.
soda water/sparkling water like perrier, etc. Just water CO2 and some fruit juice, 0 calories.
zero soda(coke/pepsi/mt dew) intake, now just bottled water, carbonated water/fruit juice and green tea if you need a boost.
My thought behind quitting was that there was no reason to be caffeinating myself every day. That way when I do need extra energy hopefully my tolerance will be lower.
Sooner or later the 3 major addictive components that the food industry uses to grab customers need to be regulated: sugar, fat and salt.
Without regulation it results in an arms race, a new brand comes along and how do they grab customers? More salt, more fat and more sugar than the established brands.
For any progress to be made, there should a tax on these big 3 at once and not going after one product at a time.
I'd be interested in seeing your anti salt sources.
Coke has been particularly prolific in this area.
The only time sugared soda ends up in my house is at parties for mixed drinks, 'cause I still can't countenance Diet Coke in a drink. (Diet ginger ale is pretty okay with Jameson's, though.)