New York City Soda Ban! Really?

imagesCACXDZXEWell folks, if you are planning to visit New York City, you can forget the soft drinks and any other sugary drink that is more than 16 oz. at New York City restaurants.  New York City’s health board approved this ban, which take effect on March 12, 2013 in an effort to combat obesity.

Other sugary drinks that come into play include hot chocolate, which will have to be under the 16 oz. limit.  As for coffee, well it is even more complicated.  If you order a  large or extra-large hot beverage you will have to put your own sugars, which includes flavored syrups (such as vanilla or hazelnut) in your drink.

To top off all the confusion, there are different rules for different types of beverages.  Hot drinks vs. cold drinks.  Cold or iced beverages will require you add your own sweeteners if you select a medium or large.  Okay?…This is actually almost hard for me to even imagine.

I don’t know about you, but I am offended that government officials are now going to dictate what we decide to eat or drink.  I understand the concern of obesity.  However, isn’t the drumbeat for America all about freedom?  If this is the path we are on what is next?  No large fries?…or even worse, no fries?

**UPDATE

On Monday, March 11, 2013 State Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling stops New York City’s plan to ban sugary drinks.  The Justice stated that the new regulation was “arbitrary and capricious” and declared it invalid.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a strong advocate for this ban has said that he plans to appeal.  Mayor Bloomberg believes banning sugary beverages will aid the obesity epidemic in the city.

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