There are so many things I want to say about the Health Board passing Bloomberg’s ban on big soda sales. First of all, “Hooray for a step in the right direction!”
But to hear that many New Yorkers are opposed to it is shocking. Of course there are several arguments:
Who NEEDS more than 16 ounces of corn syrup and caffeine a day, or even within the time constraints of a 2 hour movie?
Here’s the kicker: it’s only a ban on some sodas. According to NYTimes, “The restrictions would not affect fruit juices, dairy-based drinks like milkshakes, or alcoholic beverages; no-calorie diet sodas would not be affected, but establishments with self-service drink fountains, like many fast-food restaurants, would not be allowed to stock cups larger than 16 ounces.” So it’s not as powerful as we think. But the 16 oz container restriction is helpful. And somehow, the Big Gulp has escaped the parameters of this ban because 7-11 is not a restaurant. So I suppose since there aren’t many gas stations in NYC, he neglected to incorporate them. Ugh.
I think we all can agree that soda is bad for our bodies. Sugary drinks (sodas, processed juices, power drinks) should be treats and limited in their consumption. It’s sad people can’t restrict themselves for their own health.
My hope is that this is the first of many acts to follow to take the over-processed crap out of our diets; people are obviously not capable of doing it themselves. (Have you seen the lines at McDonald’s lately?!) Although I have no scientific references to back this up, it’s my belief that the crap these big brands inject into food is a cause of cancer.Tweet this!