Lawsuit Prompts 7-Up to Stop Adding Vitamin E to Soda

Will halt claims product contains antioxidants


Don't expect to get a vitamin boost from 7-Up drinks any more.

The maker of the beverage, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, agreed to stop adding vitamin E to some of its drinks and halt claims that the product has antioxidants as part of a settlement with a health advocacy group.

The company had been infusing small amounts of vitamin E into some varieties of 7-Up—regular and diet Cherry Antioxidant, Mixed Berry Antioxidant and Pomegranate Antioxidant—when the firm was sued in November in U.S. District Court in California on behalf of a Sherman Oaks man.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest also took issue with the images of berries and pomegranates on the soda's labels, saying it gave the impression that the antioxidants came from fruit instead of the added vitamin E.