NYC bans sugary drinks, but how sugary is sugary?

Posted on: September 13, 2012


New York City’s Board of Health has approved a ban on sugary drinks. But how sugary is sugary? 

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that a sugary drink  is any sweetened drink with more than 25 calories per 8 fluid ounces.  If the drink contains 51 percent milk or milk substitute, it is allowable. 

Fast food joints, theatres, and work cafeterias will be targeted in 6 months, however supermarkets and convenience stores are exempt.  The Big Gulp has been spared!   

Diet sodas, shakes, and the venti latte are still being served.    

Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed the regulation in the spring. 

Thursday Bloomberg’s twitter feed tweeted, “NYC’s new sugary drink policy is the single biggest step any government has taken to curb obesity. It will help save lives.”

Alli Coates, 25, New York City, said, “I don’t even drink soda, but it’s bizarre.” 

She said there has been a lot of buzz about the topic.   What is next on the list?  Junior’s Cheesecake? Brooklyn‘s finest cheesy pizza? Or how about the good ol hot dog at the corner vendor cart?”    

Healthy eating and drinking are good choices, however, who should choose what diet we implement in our life?


2 Responses to "NYC bans sugary drinks, but how sugary is sugary?"

I think this is a step in the right direction, but the problem still remains that people in poverty-stricken areas won’t get access to healthier options–unfortunately:(


I’m not sure this will make a difference in obesity. If someone wants to drink over 16 ounces of soda, they will. How about a picture of rotten teeth on the side of the cups? Or — a jelly belly? A shock-you advertising approach.

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