If you have not been paying attention to the national news, this news may end up getting your attention. NYC Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has proposed a new ban on the sale of large-size sodas and other sugary beverages at restaurants and food carts. Personally, I applaud Mayor Bloomberg for making this move. We live in a country where the obesity epidemic is huge and continues to grow. Our health care costs are continuing to rise as we are paying for the costs of other people’s chronic medical conditions caused by obesity: heart disease, diabetes, cancer, etc.
I believe that everyone has the right to choose how they want to live their life. Unfortunately, we do not have the same freedom of not paying for the other people’s medical costs that are completely preventive through diet and exercise. We, as a country, are paying the price for this when we apply or obtain health insurance.
We live in a world where everything is super-sized. The super-size sodas and sugary drinks are a gateway to ingest too many calories that could be substituted for something more substantial and healthy. The 32 ounce-sized sugary beverage has an average of 375 calories and 90 grams of sugar. The larger 64 ounce Super-Gulp has an average of 750 calories and 180 grams of sugar.
In order to give you a sense of how easy the calories pile up, I am going to compare the liquid calories from the sugary soda and other beverages to other foods to other foods that you could be eating instead. Honestly, since I have a slight sweet tooth, I am going to use some common treats.
Instead of a Super-Gulp you could be eating in the same amount of calories:
- 2 ¼ slices of Pumpkin Pie (my favorite!)
- 188 Jelly Beans
- 24 squares (120 grams) of Dark Chocolate (good for the heart!)
- 2.5 slices of Chocolate Cake
- 4 regular-sized Chocolate-Chip Cookies
- Almost 3 cups of regular, full-fat Ice-cream (pretty much the entire pint of ice cream!)
- Almost 3 glazed donuts
- 104 Gummy Bears
While I will leave your opinion to you, I hope that this has opened your eyes a little bit. Education is the sweetest gift that anyone can give you.