Commercials for Coke, Pepsi and other beverages once celebrated good times, but marketing efforts seem more focused on urging consumers to help others and watch what they eat. Pepsi, for example, sat out the Super Bowl this year, and the company is instead working to build interest in its "Pepsi Refresh Project," which seeks ideas for improving communities.
Researchers say drinking at least one cup of green tea daily can help protect teeth. In a study of 25,000 Japanese men and women ages 40 to 64, tea-drinking men were 19% less likely to have fewer than 20 teeth.
A.G. Lafley, the retired chairman, president and CEO of Procter & Gamble, will be the 2010 recipient of GMA's Hall of Achievement Award. "If anyone is deserving of such an honor, it is A.G. Lafley," said Pamela G. Bailey, GMA's president and CEO.
The Food and Drug Administration is planning to gradually lower the allowable sodium content in processed foods over the next several years to prevent hypertension and other health problems linked to excessive sodium consumption. The government has called on food manufacturers to voluntarily reduce salt in their products, and companies such as ConAgra, PepsiCo, Kraft Foods, General Mills and Sara Lee have already said they will do so.