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genevieve
05-31-2012, 07:45 PM
I quit drinking colas 5 years ago - I will drink one very occasionally now, and while it doesn't burn, I rarely can finish the whole thing. It just tastes like corn syrup.

ps diet sodas are evil! :P

skatesindreams
05-31-2012, 07:56 PM
The government doesn't need to be involved in this.

It's likely potentially harmful to eat/drink anything to excess.
However, unless something becomes a matter of general public safety, it should remain a personal choice.

Garden Kitty
05-31-2012, 08:25 PM
I'm in favor of prohibiting marketing machines and large corporations pushing their crap on us.

When the government allowed ads for various drugs to be put on TV, presumably so people could be in charge of their own choices for drugs . . . has that helped people make informed choices in the long run?

So which additional items do you think should be restricted from sale?

skatingfan5
05-31-2012, 08:27 PM
So which additional items do you think should be restricted from sale?Cigarettes and "smokeless tobacco" products. :slinkaway

nubka
05-31-2012, 09:31 PM
I'm in favor of prohibiting marketing machines and large corporations pushing their crap on us.

When the government allowed ads for various drugs to be put on TV, presumably so people could be in charge of their own choices for drugs . . . has that helped people make informed choices in the long run?

Maybe, maybe not, but at least it's still their choice... :respec:

BaileyCatts
05-31-2012, 11:33 PM
I read a study a few years back on CNN that if every person who drinks soda daily cut out 8 oz a day of soda, they'd lose 10 lbs by the end of the year without changing anything else.

:shuffle: Been there. Done that. Doesn't work. I used to drink a 12 oz. can of Coke every work morning (it was my 'coffee'). In 2008 my New Years resolution was no more morning Coke and switched to water only work mornings. Stopped cold with drinking a can in the morning, so pretty much cut out about 250 12 oz. cans per year (figuring about 22 work days per month average, excluding vaca days, etc.). Didn't change anything else, just cut that morning 12 oz. Coke. I didn't lose a single pound that entire year (weighed the same on January 1 as I did on December 31 according to my scale at home), and pretty much weigh the same now as I did in 2008 when I cut that single 12 oz. Coke per day and not changing anything else.

agalisgv
05-31-2012, 11:40 PM
^^^ Yeah, considering 8oz of soda only amounts to 96 calories, that's not likely to make a difference in a person's weight.

I suspect the thinking was if you multiply 96 x 365, you'd get 35,040. Since a pound equals 3500 calories, that would be the equivalent of 10 pounds. But as has been mentioned, the body doesn't really work that way.

BigB08822
05-31-2012, 11:53 PM
So a person can make a choice to buy a packet of cigarettes which are clearly deadly but they can't make a choice to buy a gallon of coca cola? It just makes no sense. I drink only diet sodas because I actually prefer them to the real thing and because I am type 2 diabetic. What is to stop someone from buying multiple smaller drinks? Nothing. This is just way too much government interference. If the stuff is so bad for us then outlaw it all together. If they can't do that to cigarettes then it can't be done to sugar drinks.

Garden Kitty
06-01-2012, 02:23 AM
Apparently, the Mayor does appreciate certain foods, as he's issued a proclamation for Doughnut Day tomorrow. (http://politicker.com/2012/05/mixed-message-with-soda-ban-and-national-donut-day-endorsements-video/)


Indeed, at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow morning, Entenmann’s will be unveiling “Custom-made Entenmann’s large donuts, 1-foot in diameter” at Madison Square Park at the same time they unveil a “Proclamation Letter by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.”

manleywoman
06-01-2012, 02:25 AM
Of course they can't ban it all together, even if they wanted to. Nor should they.

I'm not for taking people's choices away, but this is really not a big deal considering people can still buy soda by the gallon and drink it if they so choose. But it's a step towards telling those manufacturers that there should be acceptable limits.

Do you all think that the few local governments in the US that have banned plastic bags or bottled water shouldn't have done so? The environment and our health are all better off for it, right? But god forbid we took people's choices away and they have to drink tap water like we all did 15 years ago, or bring a cloth bag to the store. I didn't hear anyone here barking about those choices being removed.

BlueRidge
06-01-2012, 02:26 AM
:lol: huge donuts YES!, huge sodas, NO!


Apparently, the Mayor does appreciate certain foods, as he's issued a proclamation for Doughnut Day tomorrow.

Prancer
06-01-2012, 02:31 AM
Do you all think that the few local governments in the US that have banned plastic bags or bottled water shouldn't have done so? The environment and our health are all better off for it, right? But god forbid we took people's choices away and they have to drink tap water like we all did 15 years ago, or bring a cloth bag to the store. I didn't hear anyone here barking about those choices being removed.

I don't see a whole lot of similiarity there. Plastic bags and bottles weren't banned for personal health reasons; they were banned for environmental reasons. While there are some people who have concerns about drinking out of plastic bottles, that was really not the issue behind the banning.

Banning soda in this manner, OTOH, serves no particular purpose that I can see.

nubka
06-01-2012, 05:07 AM
Of course they can't ban it all together, even if they wanted to. Nor should they.

I'm not for taking people's choices away, but this is really not a big deal considering people can still buy soda by the gallon and drink it if they so choose. But it's a step towards telling those manufacturers that there should be acceptable limits.

Do you all think that the few local governments in the US that have banned plastic bags or bottled water shouldn't have done so? The environment and our health are all better off for it, right? But god forbid we took people's choices away and they have to drink tap water like we all did 15 years ago, or bring a cloth bag to the store. I didn't hear anyone here barking about those choices being removed.

That's because in the huge scheme of things, soda (especially diet coke,) is so much more vital and important! :D

Karina1974
06-01-2012, 12:33 PM
Do you all think that the few local governments in the US that have banned plastic bags or bottled water shouldn't have done so? The environment and our health are all better off for it, right? But god forbid we took people's choices away and they have to drink tap water like we all did 15 years ago, or bring a cloth bag to the store. I didn't hear anyone here barking about those choices being removed.

There wouldn't be such a problem with plastic bags if cashiers were taught how to properly bag stuff like groceries. Can't tell you how many times I've gone through the line and have had to say "one bag, please." "One bag?" "Yes, one bag." :wall: This is for items that don't "need" to be bagged separately, like raw meats and veggies. I don't even pack my bread separately; I'm going to be eating it, not putting it up for decoration, so if it gets a bit dented, who cares? This is why I only go to the market with the self check-out if I'm getting more than 1 or 2 items, so I can pack my own, and walk out with one bag instead of the 2-3 that a cashier would typically use.

And yes, I do recycle my plastic bags. Price Chopper and Hannaford both have bins out by the front doors where people can drop off their plastic bags; every month or so I take my collection up to PC and get rid of it.

milanessa
06-01-2012, 01:04 PM
Price Chopper and Hannaford both have bins out by the front doors where people can drop off their plastic bags; every month or so I take my collection up to PC and get rid of it.

Why not a reusable bag?