Sugary Drinks Ban – In New York City

Sugary Drinks Ban Proposals In New York

We mentioned some of the ill effects of sugary drinks on the human body (especially the heart), way back in march this year on this very site. We advocated moderation in consumption. That article can be read here. Now one of the cities worst hit by the harmful effect of sugar, the New York City in the United States of America is taking its own future in its hands and planning a decisive action. It plans to ban the sales of big sized sugary drinks. We got this as a Breaking News Alert From New York Times yesterday night.

Read the excerpts below:
Breaking News Alert
The New York Times
New York Plans a Ban on Big Sizes of Sugary Drinks
New York City plans to enact a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts, in the most ambitious effort yet by the administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to combat rising obesity.
The proposed ban would affect virtually the entire menu of popular sugary drinks found in delis, fast-food franchises and even sports arenas, from energy drinks to pre-sweetened iced teas. The sale of any cup or bottle of sweetened drink larger than 16 fluid ounces — about the size of a medium coffee, and smaller than a common soda bottle — would be prohibited under the first-in-the-nation plan, which could take effect as soon as next March.
The full article from the online publication can be read obtained here 
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5 comments for “Sugary Drinks Ban – In New York City

  1. Afewgoodmen
    May 31, 2012 at 8:32 am

    This is a rather drastic decision by the New York Government. Better is to have launched a public campaign of the dangers of sugary drinks. And also to qualify what they mean by sugary drinks.

    Populace have a right o decide what they take, don’t you think?

  2. May 31, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Another point to note is that a research has just proven Sugary drinks to be deleterious to Health. More research still needs to be done to substantiate this observation with relevant Evidence based Medicine inputs.

    Methinks the New York Govt. should be cautious.

  3. jujukemist
    June 1, 2012 at 3:24 am

    Are you kidding me, ban them all ban them sugars.
    Research has proven that, apart from the from the huge damage that large amount of sugars does to the body,sugars are .Implication,it can kill, its like alcohol or cocaine or igbo-indian hemp etc.
    LLets encourage cleaner sugars like fruit sugars and the ones we get directly from carbo foods

  4. Eye_bee_kay
    June 3, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    This is quite ridicuous!

    ANYTHING takiem n excess IS harmful – water, salt, whatever!

    What do you think? Is this a step in the right direction?

    A better approach may be to rev up the drove to increase public awareness of the bad effect of excessive sugar intake. Chikenah!

    Who says I can not buy multiple containers of the scaled_down volume?

  5. steve
    June 3, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Yes, i agree that sugary drinks can cause situations like obesity, diabetes etc, but a sweeping ban on say any sugary drink sold in container over 500mls will not solve any problem. I can decide to buy 5 bottles of 200mls each and down all at a go. EyeBeeKay’s arguement above is valid. Selective ban of sugary drinks not obtained from natural fruits may be a better option.

    All in all, i would advocate an intensive publicity and campaign against sugars and fast foods, making people realise why these food items are not wholesome.

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