Nutrition News: Soda Debate Bubbles Up

by in Food News, June 10, 2012

In an effort to help New Yorkers clean up their diets, Mayor Bloomberg has proposed a ban on large-sized sugary drinks. Will NYC lead the trend for other cites fighting the battle of the bulge?

The Fizzy Facts
If it were to take effect, this law would ban the sale of sugary beverages larger than 16 fluid ounces (2 cups). Fast food chains, restaurants, delis, food carts and sports arenas would have to comply. Vending machines and large bottles sold at supermarkets would not be affected.

A standard vending machine bottle of soda (20 fluid ounces) may contain anywhere from 16 to 22 teaspoons of sugar – that’s 240 to 330 empty calories! Energy drinks and sweetened teas (also part of the ban) contain high doses of added sweeteners as well.

Hot Topic
Everyone from politicians to celebrities are weighing in on this subject (who knew soda sippage could be so tumultuous?). Camp Bloomberg insists this will instill some much needed portion control. Those on the other side of the fence are calling it violation of personal rights that won’t put a dent in ever-rising obesity rates.

As a nutrition professional, I say why not limit these unnecessarily large drinks? Every little bit helps. BUT for this to have an impact, education is key. Let folks understand what they’re putting into their bodies and then let them decide if they want to make a change in their diet.

Tell Us: Are you in favor of the soda ban?

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Comments (63)

  1. That looks so delicious! Yum!

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  3. Beth B says:

    I am most definitely opposed to the soda ban as yet another government intrusion into our personal choices. While I don't drink sodas, I feel it's a choice that educated individuals should make. What will be next… what we eat at meals? Should we all now become vegetarians? The most ridiculous exceptions are milkshakes and alcoholic drinks. Honestly. Let's take responsibility for our own actions and have the freedom to choose.

  4. Cameron Kimbley says:

    What she said ^

  5. @pshulten says:

    This strategy not only creates an environment more conducive to better choices, but the law would also serve as a constant health reminder to consumers at point of purchase. As stated though it must go hand in hand with education regarding the adverse health effects of soda and excess calorie consumption. Individuals still have the choice to purchase any soda in the first place, it will however assist in portion control of such beverages.

    • Joe says:

      Then what, they determine sugar is bad for us and then band that? Where does it stop?

      • Steph says:

        taking away big sodas from vendors doesn't mean you can't go buy it in a store and take it with you. It just means that the companies can't make the impulse buy available to you.

        Why would it go any further? Why are you expecting it to? Instead of freaking out about it do some research and see why they're taking it out. Educate yourself about the situation.

    • Mike says:

      So now we legislate what you can drink; how about banning people that don't dress properly, or perhaps forbid the truly ugly people from going outside because after all do we really want to have to look at ugly people? what about those that aren't bright, let's ban them as well…you stupid, you stay inside; before you comment that unhealthy people cost of millions, yes you're correct but why? why should I have to pay to take care of some fat ass that lives on cokes and cheeseburgers? I should not but I should not also tell this person what he can eat or drink; portion control, like you or Bloomberg have any right to discuss someone else's portion control; what about the person that buys a 20oz soda so that he can drink half now, then half later in the day (that's why they make tops!). So now you only allow a 16 oz drink so he's most likely to drink the entire thing because saving 6 oz is a waste; he then buys another 16 oz later in the day and drinks that; so he's consumed 32 oz, spent double the money, and gets fatter…all because people like you and Bloomberg think they have the right to try and legislate everything in a person's life…take care of your own self and leave others along

  6. Aaron says:

    @pshulten, where does it stop? You may be fine with government control of what we eat, what we watch,' what we say, but, I'm certainly not. Education is key, NOT government control.

  7. Ben says:

    I think the 16Oz soda ban is a little miss-directed. I for one sometimes buy the bigger drinks to share with my family or save for later (to be frugal). That being said, I think there should be a ban on all sodas at schools (diet and regular). Soda ups the ante on your sweetness cravings. Both the sweetness and the caffeine have addictive qualities.

    That being said maybe the 16Oz Soda ban should be replaced by warning labels. Along the lines of cigarets.

  8. Linda says:

    I am opposed to such laws or legislation. This is a free country with many individual freedoms that we have enjoyed for many years. It gets to be ridiculous to write and pass laws limiting things such as soda consumption. I get that soda is bad for you but I would rather see time and money spent on advertising the contents and consequences of soda consumption.

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