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A mock-up of a warning label for sodas and sugary drinks proposed in California by public health advocates. California Center for Public Health Advocacy hide caption

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4-MEI, a chemical created during the manufacturing of caramel color used to dye sodas brown, is under new scrutiny. iStockphoto hide caption

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At NPR's Sound Bites Cafe, all food gets coded with one of three circles: Green is reserved for the most healthful dishes; yellow flags the "good choices;" and red signals the high-calorie foods to grab "on occasion." NPR hide caption

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Goodbye, Sodas. McDonald's says it will now market and promote Happy Meals only with milk, water or juice. Bill Parrish Photography/PR Newswire/AP hide caption

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Appalachia has a distinct culture of sipping soda constantly throughout the day. "Here in West Virginia, you see people carrying around bottles of Mountain Dew all the time — even at a public health conference," says public health researcher Dana Singer. Jin Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Fizz And Fireworks: Make A Patriotic Homemade Soda For The Fourth

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A dental researcher says he's concerned that excessive soda consumption is leading to severe erosion of teeth. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Share a Coke with ... (enter name here). Darren Foreman (left), Elliott Brown (middle), teigan (top right), ☼zlady (bottom left) via Flickr hide caption

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Darren Foreman (left), Elliott Brown (middle), teigan (top right), ☼zlady (bottom left) via Flickr