Thursday, May 31, 2012

NEW YORK CITY TO BAN LARGE SOFT DRINKS

I have a love hate relationship with soda pop. If it is in the house, I'll drink it. If it is not there, I am not going out of my way to purchase it. Frankly, I prefer cold water.

Growing up, pop was a treat. Dad might pick up a case for the cabin. On a hot day, a cold orange pop from the brook was a real thirst quencher. It was not something you would find in our fridge at home. Today sugary drinks are more popular and accessible than ever.

The one-two combo of caffeine and sugar that a lot of soft drinks provide prove hard to resist for many. I know my kids go crazy for a drop. Recently we tried an experiment. Take some eggshells and place them in various household liquids for several days to see what the liquids do to them. Eggshells dissolve in cola more quickly than any of the other substances. Just imagine what it does to your teeth.

Than there is the issue of sugar. and the blood glucose levels of people who drink a gallon of the stuff everyday! We are on the tipping point of an obesity explosion.

There has been a lot of discussion about the impact that super-sizing and large sizing soft drinks has on the population. The Mayor of New City is proposing a ban on any cup or bottle of sweetened drink larger than 16 ounces at restaurants, arenas, movie theaters, and street carts.

Michael Bloomberg says the ban will not impact consumer choice because customers will still be able to purchase more than one drink.

16-ounce drinks are about the size of a medium coffee cup!

Frankly, I hate that governments have to legeslate common sense.


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