Big news this past week: the mayor of NYC has legislation in the works to limit the size of soda that can be served at one time. I know that may seem a bit far out, but the city of New York was the first community in the US to take a pro-active position to limit trans fat. Trans fat, which was originally designed to reduce cholesterol and heart disease, actually was and is one of the leading factors promoting heart disease. At one point there was almost 8 billion pounds of trans fat produced in the US; 5 billion pounds of which was used by the restaurant industry. The amount of trans fat has been reduced considerably over the last 12 years.
Right now, there is a new battle and not with each other. Coca Cola is one of the most popular words in the world and is currently maneuvering around how to balance the new legislation. Coke and its counterpart, Pepsi, have created vast empires based on producing products that are literally a chemistry set in a pretty bottle. Let me share a few facts about soda that you may not be aware of:
10 Reasons to Reduce Soda Consumption
Regardless if you agree or disagree with the legislation and government control, the bottom line is the fact that the soda industry wants everyone to continue to “gulp” down as much as they can. Young men drink at least 32 ounces a day and girls drink an average of 23 ounces daily. Fourteen year old girls have more fractures with soda consumption, feeding a child soda will supply more calories than cookies and pastries and there is an increase of the metabolic syndrome with soda consumption. You can lose 15 pounds a year by eliminating one soda a day.