In NYC if Mayor Bloomberg gets his way. He wants to pass a law banning all sale of sugary drinks larger than 160z.
I have mixed feelings about this. Yes, soda and sugary drinks have greatly added to the growing obesity problem in our country. Something needs to give. Encouraging Americans to reduce or eliminate sugary drinks from their diet would go a long way into fixing this public health problem.
I am not certain this law will have any affect on consumption of these drinks. There are things that he can try to do that might be more effective. Outlaw the sale of sodas and sugary drinks in New York Public Schools. Invest in a healthier school lunch program. Work with the state and federal government to ban the use of high fructose corn syrup. I could go on.
I gave up drinking soda on a regular basis in 1992. At that time, I had given up on full sugar sodas long before then and was a Diet Coke girl. I was always trying to lose weight you see, so diet seemed the logical choice. But the fake sweetener in my good ole DC was making me sick all of the time. There were many stories coming out of the bad effects of aspertame. I recognized that I was suffering some of those ill effects. So, I stopped drinking soda altogether.
Around 2000 I did start drinking some sodas again, but the return was short-lived. Occasionally, I might have a bit of cream soda or Dr. Pepper. They were always my favorites, but it is very, very rare. Maybe once or twice a year. My favorite pizza place in Arlington, VA, (they use a vegan cheese pizza which is pretty good), sells fountain sodas that are made with sugar and not corn syrup. Sometimes when I go there, I have a cream soda. That’s my dessert, especially since most of their desserts are made with cream or cheese or ice cream.
My main sources of liquid refreshment are water, coffee, and sometimes tea. Oh and let’s not forget the occasional glass of wine. I find that sweetened drinks do not quench my thirst. Only water does. Coffee is my drug of choice. Tea is a nice treat. It is nice to curl up with a mug of steaming hot tea and a good book on a cold rainy day. I do not use sugar in either my coffee or my tea.
Sugary drinks have not been my problem for a very long time. I have many other weaknesses, for sure, but soda is not one of them.
I do appreciate Mayor Bloomberg’s desire to take a drastic step to address the public health problem the over indulgence of soda and sugar are having on his city. I just think there are smarter, less draconian ways to do it.