May 31, 2012

Nanny State Run Amok?

1 NYC Mayor Seeks Ban on Supersized Soda

NYC Mayor Bloomberg seeks a ban on super-sized sodas and other sugary drinks sold in the city’s movie theaters and restaurants in an effort to combat obesity. The ban would limit the size of sugary drinks to no more than 16 oz/cup. The ban would apply only to drinks that contain 25+ calories per 8 oz and would not affect artificially-sweetened drinks or drinks that are at least half milk or milk substitute. Establishments that ignore the bill will face $200 fines after a 3-month grace period. City Hall officials say that sugary drinks are largely responsible for increased calorie consumption and obesity. Not surprisingly, the NYC Beverage Assn. disagrees, stating, “The city is not going to address the obesity issue by attacking soda because soda is not driving the obesity rates."

More at Crainsnewyork.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Boston May Ban Drink Sales in City Buildings

Tags: Calorie Consumption, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Obesity, Soda and Obesity, NYC Ban on Super-Sized Drinks, New York City Beverage Association, Soda and Calories

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Give Your Heart a Treat

2 Daily Dark Chocolate for Heart Patients

Eating dark chocolate daily may be a good way to promote heart health among people at high-risk of heart attacks or stroke, say researchers. The study, published in BMJ, was conducted by Australia researchers who constructed a mathematical model predicting long-term health effects of consuming dark chocolate daily in people at high risk of heart disease. They found that if 100 percent of the people studied ate 3.5 ounces of dark chocolate a day for 10 years, the result would be the prevention of 15 fewer fatal heart attacks and 70 fewer nonfatal heart attacks. Researchers recommend eating dark chocolate with at least 60 to 70 percent cocoa, but critics warn chocolate also contains fat and sugar.

More at WebMD | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Dark Chocolate Is Good for Vision, Dark Chocolate Heart Health Connection Explained

Tags: Health Benefits Dark Chocolate, Heart Benefits Eating Dark Chocolate, Reasons to Eat Dark Chocolate, Monash University in Australia, Journal BMJ Heart Studies, Dark Chocolate Preventing Strokes, Dark Chocolate Preventing Heart Attacks

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Draconian Government Overreach

3 Jon Stewart Can't Stand Bloomberg's Soda Ban

Lots of disgusting foods are legal in New York City, so why can't people have a larger soda if they want it, argues comedian Jon Stewart. "The Daily Show" host said that Bloomberg's proposal to ban sodas larger than 16 ounces would "combine draconian government overreach people love with the lack of results they expect." During his segment titled "Drink Different," Stewart brought out several foods that are legal in the city: frozen hot chocolate, chicken wings and a giant meaty sandwich. Stewart, who regularly makes fun of Fox News, found himself, amazingly, agreeing with Tucker Carlson of Fox News about the inappropriateness of the proposed large soda ban.

More at The Daily Show | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: School Soda Bans Don’t Cut Consumption

Tags: NYC Ban on Super-Sized Drinks, Soda Tax, Jon Stewart Reaction Bloomberg Soda Ban, Bloomberg Large Soda Ban, Slurpees

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