Banning sugar-sweetened drinks at Maine high schools didn’t affect students’ consumption, a study found.
The study compared four high schools that eliminated soda and other sugar-sweetened drinks from cafeterias and vending machines with three schools that did not take such measures.
Researchers found that over one school year, students in both groups of schools cut down on their average daily intake of sugary drinks — but there was no evidence that the school soda bans led to greater reductions.
It turns out that teens do most of their soda slurping on their own time. Those who can’t get a Coke at lunch will drink one after school.