It’s working!

We've got Big Soda -- including new Coca-Cola Life -- on the run, and without a single Nanny State law in sight. All it took was ordinary people like you and me speaking with our wallets.

In the last nine years soda sales in the U.S. have plummeted. And that slide has sped up. Last year alone sales dropped 3 percent, more than double the drop from the year before—and for good reason.

The regular high-fructose-corn-syrup-loaded variety is linked to obesity, insulin resistance (potentially spiking your diabetes risk by 22 percent!), arthritis and even cancer! And the diet soda isn’t any better, being linked to stroke and—believe it or not—diabetesas well.

You can search the NorthStar Nutritionals Blog archives for a ton more damning evidence on the dangers of soda, high-fructose-corn syrup, caramel coloring and artificial sweeteners.

And let me leave you with just one more word of caution about Big Soda. We’ve hit the soda manufacturers right where it hurts most, in their bank accounts, and they're hustling to win us back. Coca-Cola, for instance, has hit the market with their new Stevia-sweetened soda Coca-Cola Life.

If you’re one of my U.S. readers, and you’re not a world traveler, you probably won’t recognize the name Coca-Cola Life. But if you’re from Argentina or Chile, you might have already tried the new soda. And if you’re in the U.K. you’ll start spotting the bright green cans on your store shelves this fall.

Coca-Cola Life is 89 calories less than the 140 you’ll find in a regular Coca-Cola Classic, and you’ll see the words “Stevia”and “Natural”stamped on the packaging.  The high-fructose-corn-syrup or aspartame has been replaced with some stevia.

But don’t be fooled, you’ll still be drinking sickening soda. Every single can of Coca-Cola Life still has four tablespoons of inflammation-driving (and disease-linked) sugar crammed into it, as well as other questionable additives. Skip the soda and grab some water or brew some healthy and delicious green tea instead.