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Apparently the Big Gulp doesn’t count in the #sodaban?!

September 20th, 2012 15 Comments


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.

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  • Denise Cornelius

    I drink Perrier pretty 24/7, it completely any cravings I have for soda.

    • Totally agree!

    • balletbaby213

      perrier is disgusting, it’s like carbonated salt water. i’ll drink the ocean water run through a soda carbonation machine before i’ll drink that crap again.

      • I prefer Pellegrino, but I don’t find Perrier that offensive :)

  • Annie

    He didn’t neglect to incorporate them, they are just regulated differently. Anyway, I thought you were a republican? One who is in favor of nanny-state if it controls eating and exercise, eh?;-)

    • I don’t share my political views on this blog.

      This is a personal opinion :)

      • Annie

        You do. It was obvious you preferred McCain over Obama.

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  • The argument is redundant and doesn’t require backup, in my opinion…on my blog.

    • BiP

      I guess this is where we disagree. You have a lifestyle blog and in your about section, state that you hope that your musings inspire and offer information to those who need it. I believe if you are going to offer advice, you should be able to cite resources to back it up to support your argument and or opinion. I am not an oncologist and would never state that I believe certain foods cause cancer without cold hard facts.

      America’s problem isn’t giant soda pops, it is offering a healthy nutritious meal at a reasonable cost. Many families can’t eat as you do, because they can’t afford it. Banning of a certain size of pop isn’t going to help with the obesity epidemic. There are thousands of studies that show that obesity can be directly linked to poverty. (http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/79/1/6.full)

      Education is another necessary part of this. And if you truly want to help people with your lifestyle blog, then you should be offering a more substantiated argument that, it is my blog so the argument is redundant.

      • I provided the information re: the act, links for you to read more, and my opinion. No advice was given at all.
        If you were in a conversation and someone offered their general opinion would you require them to pull up references?
        The post is a jumping off point for conversation, like the person who offered the McDonald’s packaging warning info. I’m not an expert, nor have I ever claimed to be. I talk to you and hope you talk back in an effort to contribute to the conversation, not criticize. Certainly you wouldn’t do that in a casual face-to-face interaction.

  • You can ban soda all you want, that won’t make people healthy. People need to be responsible for their own lives. So someone buys two smaller sodas, or goes the next isle over in the gas station and gets a big old giant bottle. We will always be presented with opportunities to eat like crap. We need to learn to make better choices, simple as that.

  • I do, but in this particular situation, I don’t agree with you.