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Soda vending machines to display calorie counts

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Some city leaders hope new soda machines displaying calories will help consumers make a healthier choice.

Counting calories is nothing new. But posting them to menus is becoming the new thing.

Video from the American Beverage Association shows new Coke and Pepsi machines that display calories.

Starting next year, San Antonio and Chicago will be the first cities to test it before they roll out nationwide.

The goal is to help consumers make a healthy choice.

"What really concerns me is what it's doing with children and our adolescents," said Psychologist, Doctor Allison Chase who counsels children with eating disorders.

She says seeing the calories won't make a difference on meal choices. Instead, people especially children could develop an obsession with counting calories.

"An active child or adolescent they can consume a large amount of calories and they should be eating when they are hungry eating what will give them the proper nutrients not worrying about counting every single calorie," said Dr. Chase.

 

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