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To BAN or not to BAN?

Jun 1, 2012

If you've paid close attention to the news lately you've heard about the potential ban on the sale of sugary drinks in New York City. The NY Times reported this week that Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to pass a law banning stores and restaurants from selling popular sugary drinks. These drinks range from energy drinks to pre-sweetened iced teas. The article states, "The sale of any cup or bottle of sweetened drink larger than 16 fluid ounces — about the size of a medium coffee, and smaller than a common soda bottle — would be prohibited under the first-in-the-nation plan, which could take effect as soon as next March." What's interesting to me is the fact that the ban would not include "diet sodas, fruit juices, dairy-based drinks like milkshakes, or alcoholic beverages; it would not extend to beverages sold in grocery stores or convenience stores." Let's think about this...wouldn't you think that these not included are just as bad (if not in some cases worse) than the drinks that are on the list? Also, are they really going to make that much of a difference by banning them in restaurants if folks can just go to the nearest convenience store and pick up a six pack or a 2-liter? Also, a lot of fruit juices have just as much sugar as soda. What are we teaching the children? Think about and then you decide...

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