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Big Sugar still rules in NYC

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

And here is more nutrition news - a judge has blocked a planned new law in New York City that would have banned sugar-laden drinks (re. soda pop) in sizes above 16 oz., on administrative and technical grounds. Here is one of many links to the story (and enjoy the slide show about 12 other foods that Mayor Bloomberg could consider banning!):

I'm curious about your thoughts on this. Should the government intervene to try and protect people from themselves, or should we give people the freedom to make their own choices, even if they are poor ones from a nutritional and health standpoint? emoticon

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WOUBBIE 3/13/2013 9:39AM

    Tough one. I agree with the spirit of the initiative, but making it a law was the wrong way to go about it. Ban trans fats? Yes. Ban smoking in public? Yes. Posting nutritional information? Absolutely! Ban super-sizing? Ummmmmm, not so clearcut. As Tom Naughton of Fat Head rightly points out, we DO have the ability to say no, thanks.

Maybe a more effective way of eliminating the problem is through social pressure, making it more unacceptable to order these. Perhaps another labeling initiative makes more sense. Do you really want to eat 400 of liquid empty calories in your 32 ounces of Coke? Putting a picture of what ELSE you could have had for those 400 calories might dissuade more people from downing it.

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DIANE7786 3/13/2013 5:46AM

    It was a silly law. Those who want more than 16 oz of sugary soda will buy more than one. Many people make their own soda with Soda Stream.

Comment edited on: 3/13/2013 5:47:32 AM

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SPSPSP1 3/13/2013 2:42AM

    Aww. I was looking forward to seeing the repercussions of this ban. In the end these food and beverage companies just want to make more $$. They're not really concerned about people's health. Either way, I'm not sure how I feel about the ban itself. I need to read a bit more about the argument for it.

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DONDAIN 3/13/2013 2:07AM

    I don't think the government should do this. We are only hurting ourselves with the choices we make in eating (or drinking) what we do. But insurance companies may get involved in having individuals pay higher premiums if you weigh a certain amount and do not participate in a wellness program or fitness program like they already do if you are a smoker. Just a thought.

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