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Major Food Makers Keep Pledge to Cut Calories in Foods

If you're wanting to drop some pounds in the New Year, you might get a little help from some of the big food manufacturers. A total of 16 food companies made a pledge back in 2010 to reduce the calories in the servings of their products. Today one foundation announced that those companies had succeeded beyond expectation. The Robert Woods Johnson Foundation encouraged those companies to make the pledge several years ago. Today they announced that the efforts had been successful.

Sixteen different companies joined in the pact to reduce calories in their products. Among those companies are Kellog Company, Coca Cola Company, Campbell Soup Company and several others.

All taken together, by one measure it seems the companies reduced the calories in each of their foods by about 75 calories per serving. That may not sound like a lot, but at least one dietician says that's a significant amount. Farrah Solley , a dietician at Savannah's St. Joseph's Candler hospital says 75 calories taken over time can determine whether one sheds  or gain pounds. She says It's a great beginning to a weight lost routine.

The food companies say one of the ways they've been able to reduce the calories in their servings is to make the servings smaller. They argue that could also encourage consumers to eat smaller servings.

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