20 August 2019
As Cornell University prepares to welcome thousands of new and returning students to campus, Cornell Dining is welcoming a range of new, non-sweetened beverages to our dining rooms, and removing sweetened sodas.
Cornell Dining is committed to the Menus of Change initiative, the practical vision for the integration of optimal nutrition and public health, environmental stewardship and restoration, and social responsibility concerns within the foodservice sector and beyond.
One aspect of nutrition and public health is the increasing awareness that sweetened sodas offer no nutritive benefits, and multiple potential negative health impacts, including increased risk of diabetes and weight gain. Sweetened soft drinks are the biggest source of added sugar and calories in the American diet: a 12-ounce serving of soda contains the equivalent of about 7 to 10 teaspoons of sugar. Accordingly, the Menus of Change initiative urges us to substantially reduce sugary beverages, and innovate replacements for them.
In the interest of our students' health, we are removing the sweetened Pepsi products from the soda fountains in our dining rooms, and replacing them with the Bubly line of flavored sparkling water. These naturally flavored drinks have no sweeteners, natural or otherwise, and offer a refreshing, soda-like experience with zero calories.
As before, our dining rooms will also have a variety of other beverages, such as Cornell Dairy milks, orange and other juices, fruit- and herb-infused "spa waters," and flavored iced teas and lemonades.
Pepsi and other sodas will remain available in the soda fountains and single-serving cans and bottles at our retail eateries and convenience stores for everyone who would like to enjoy them! They'll be joined by Bubly fountains and single-serving cans and bottles.
By committing to the Menus of Change initiative, we lead by example for our students, empower our staff, support local agriculture, and generate less waste. Cornell Dining is proud to be a part of a movement that celebrates nutrition, sustainability, and healthy living.