Soft Drinks Banned by Mayor Bloomberg

It takes a mayor to help improve health by banning large sugar drinks. Photo: Associated Press

WASHINGTON, March 11, 2013 – The sugar drink ban is one way to reduce the sugar overload in a city. That’s what is happening in New York City March 12, 2013. This is a brainchild of Michael Bloomberg, mayor of NYC.

Mr. Bloomberg is seeking to reduce runaway obesity rates by banning the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, street carts and movie theaters, the first restriction of its kind in the country. Under the plan, all restaurants, fast-food joints, delis, movie theaters, sports stadiums and even food carts and vendors will be barred from selling sugar-sweetened drinks in cups larger than 16 ounces.

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Many other cities may follow suit.

“The state should do exactly the same thing in stores,” Bloomberg said, according to the New York Daily News.

Authorities in a Washington D.C. suburb are looking to implement a ban on soda-dispensing vending machines in public middle schools and high schools as well.

It comes to the point where a city mayor initiates a ban on such a harmful health substance like sugar.

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Sugar is a treat most people can’t stay away from. They have to have it morning, noon, and night. People can’t pull themselves away from it. Sugar stimulates a response in the hypothalamus in the brain that creates addiction.

And that’s what’s running in the veins of most Americans. 

Nearly half of Americans, 48%, report drinking at least one glass of soda per day. Among those who drink any soda, the average daily amount is 2.6 glasses. Young adults — 56 percent of those 18 to 34 drink sodas. Sodas are the largest source of sugar in the diet of children and adolescents.

This ban has more to do with reducing the affects of sugar on young people, attempting to reduce their sugar temptation. While this won’t solve the problem it may make it more difficult to get the sugar fix; like limiting drinks at a bar.

The next step is to reduce the foods that are overloaded with sugar and it’s disguises like cane juice, and cane syrup, corn sweeteners and high-fructose corn syrup, and fruit juice concentrate and nectars.

What a difference in health this country would be if sugar would be reduced by half.

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Dr. Peter Lind has written five books about healthy lifestyle and specifically subjects such as food, diet, nutrition, exercise, and stress. He has written one thriller about agriculture genetic engineering that has been written into a screenplay. 

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