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09:15 PM on 09/16/2012
Would it be too rational to first have the data that something works before implementing it? About once every 6-8 weeks or so I buy a liter of ginger ale, typically if I'm not feeling well or very dehydrated. I drink the whole liter within a few hours. Most of my diet consists of fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, lean protein, little red meat. My BMI is low normal. Why should anyone restrict my soda intake?
04:47 AM on 09/17/2012
Grocery stores and convenience stores are exempt from the ban, so New Yorkers can buy as big a bottle of ginger ale - or any other soda - as they want.
08:04 PM on 09/16/2012
its just kind of insane to designate laws over what people can and cant put in their own bodies. at least they arent taking my "adult beverages away and i can still use www.bevbucks.com!
07:16 PM on 09/16/2012
I have seen people down 3 large glasses of soda while waiting for their food at restaurants, guess that is the only way a person would come close to getting their money's worth.
06:22 PM on 09/16/2012
No soda, pop, soft drink is healthy, period. And the worst offenders are the power drinks, they are deadly.
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c-tom
Badges we don't need no stinking badges
12:38 AM on 09/17/2012
Sweetened cranberry juice?
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BigWillyG
06:06 PM on 09/16/2012
It's not the governments place to tell us what we put in our bodies.
02:05 PM on 09/17/2012
My guess is that if you had a heart attack and needed to go the hospital, you would expect to be treated instead of turned away. It is the government which pays for that. I think that gives them a legitimate interest in urging you to make better choices about what goes in your body.
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BigWillyG
09:19 PM on 09/17/2012
Why does the government have to treat anyone? This is Emperor Bloomberg trying to be NYCs nanny and going after things he doesn't like. This control freak behavior isn't about anything more than jumped up pencil pushers going after things THEY don't like.
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teebeebad633
11:38 PM on 09/17/2012
Your not so smart are you?
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rexy640421
04:07 PM on 09/16/2012
Pop.

It's called pop.
06:03 PM on 09/16/2012
I grew up in Ohio where it was Pop. When I got older I moved to NYC where a pop was a popsicle. I have been in Florida for 40 years and I call it soda here. When I order soda, I get soda. So it is soda in FL too. I wonder if there are other names for it in the US?
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rexy640421
06:34 PM on 09/16/2012
In the south (e.g. Georgia, etc) EVERYTHING is "Coke". Everything. No exceptions.

"Wut kennae I getcha drink, Coke, sweet tea, ice wawta?"
"Ma'm kennae gitta coke?"
"Sure, hun What kind?"
"Pepsi."
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fabgad
06:47 PM on 09/16/2012
we called it soda pop...
04:52 AM on 09/17/2012
Depends on where you live. Here's a map of the United States highlighting the use of "pop" vs. "soda" vs. "coke" vs. "other":

http://www.popvssoda.com/countystats/total-county.html
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jgarma
01:28 PM on 09/16/2012
My wish for soda drinkers is that instead of messing with the size of their sodas, that they wean themselves off them and onto some substitute.

Pure water, although profoundly better, would be to tasteless and boring to a soda drinker, so how 'bout something like carbonated water + lemon + stevia.

Need incentive? Check out: "1 Soda, 60 Minutes of Hell": http://www.garmaonhealth.com/diet/1-soda-60-minutes-harm, which is a minute-by-minute look at how soda affects one's body.

Yep.
07:17 PM on 09/16/2012
Yikes! Thanks for that little foray into metabolic hell. I need to print that and post it in an obvious place for reference. Good info that would be even better around Halloween since it is pretty scary. I don't drink soda that often, but reading that makes me think that even once in a awhile is too often.
08:14 PM on 09/16/2012
your post really illustrates the problem with these kinds of bans

you recommend stevia now instead of sugar, not realizing that stevia is toxic
there is a medically acceptable dosage of stevia
not for the sugar though

thanks for making everyone less healthy
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jgarma
01:04 AM on 09/17/2012
It's true that if stevia is not manufactured properly, or chemically extracted from the plant, then it isn't worth taking as a sugar substitute.  But if from a reputable brand, should be fine.

Now, your sarcasm notwithstanding, you obviously take exception w/ this assertion, so please submit references that support your view.

I'll leave one for you written by Dr. Mercola: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/12/16/stevia-the-holy-grail-of-sweeteners.aspx
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ccdae5
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01:19 PM on 09/16/2012
yeah it's a big deal, it's more unnecessary government intervention in your life and freedoms.
12:23 PM on 09/16/2012
I do not see this ban doing what it was planned to do. Makes no sense aside from awearness and the PR it is getting. Some may out smart the ban, others may look at it and think about cutting back on daily sugar intake;
One point I would like to make is the smoothies the fast food places are using as if it is healthy.

That are not any better for you than soda. They have 100% fruit, yes.

But they have as much sugar as a large soda.

Do not be fooled into them, if you are wanting to avoid sugar, drink water.

There is not magic drink to lose weight other than water that is good or healthy for you.
06:06 PM on 09/16/2012
no soda at a fast food place....? great ..people can simply buy a large chocolate shake. I think bloomberg is mind.
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10:10 PM on 09/16/2012
OF COURSE smoothies made with fresh fruit are better for you than sodas.

The sugars in fresh fruit is nothing like the processed sugars in sodas. Fruit carries all sorts of nutrients, many that haven't even been identified yet. Soda carries nothing but a toxic load of highly processed sugar.
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c-tom
Badges we don't need no stinking badges
12:40 AM on 09/17/2012
Sugar is sugar. Fructose has no additional nutrients.
05:05 AM on 09/17/2012
The sugar in fruit is ACCOMPANIED by other nutrients, but fructose itself is no more of a healthy nutrient than pure table sugar. Obviously an unsweetened fruit smoothie is better for you than a soda, which is utterly devoid of anything healthy, but the sugar itself in the fruit is not better for you than sucrose just because it occurs naturally.
09:43 AM on 09/16/2012
Such a waste of time. The nanny state failed to realize that about 95% of restaurants, fast food joints, etc., offer free refills.

So, in retrospect if you partake in the free refills, you are actually drinking more than 16 oz.
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Atwill
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09:32 AM on 09/16/2012
I would not make it thru the day without diet Coke.
06:13 PM on 09/16/2012
Diet caffeine-free pepsi..
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Atwill
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09:01 AM on 09/17/2012
Ill drinkpepsi if there s no coke, but pepi is to sweet.  also did you know caffeine helps with migrane headaches?  Which i get on a weekly basis. 
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Trilobite this!
08:47 AM on 09/16/2012
Fat's where its at! Leave my rights alone. If I want to smoke, drink and eat fattening foods, it's MY choice! I don't want any Sawed off billionaire bumpkin telling me when, where or how much I should do of ANYTHING! For all of you sheep that need to be led, jump off the cliff onto your head.
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Atwill
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09:38 AM on 09/16/2012
Eatting, drinking, fine. smoking. no. you should not be allowed to smoke anyplace you want. Others should not have to breath your nasty smoke. If someone lights up infront of me, and i ask them to please move it in the other direction and they are rude back to me,and most of the time they are, I do 1 of 2 things. 1. look them up and down and find some fault with them. most of the time they are fat, and I just rag on them about it. 2. I start talking abou hot sex. Funny how people get all offended when you start talking abou hot sex, in wonderful exciting horney details. Sex is normal and natural. smoking is not.
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Rock Fossil
Trilobite this!
11:38 AM on 09/16/2012
I smoke during sex, not after, probably due to to all of the friction I create, since I'm a churnin' urn of burnin' funk!!!!!!!
10:45 AM on 09/16/2012
I agree with you 100%. However, there are those who will gladly point out to you that your choices to eat/drink those fattening things is affecting them because of the societal costs of the healthcare needed for those conditions caused/aggravated by obesity (diabetes, cancers, arthritis, etc.); therefore, they want to control what you eat and how much of it you eat by "fattening up" the government to regulate such. Those who believe in big government will gladly take away your right to eat/drink what you want.
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Trilobite this!
07:06 PM on 09/16/2012
"Over my FAT stomach!"
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Leecard146
08:01 AM on 09/16/2012
Why is the government telling people what they can or cannot sell? If this is so bad why don't they outlaw cigarettes? When are they going to make selling french fries illegal? They are at least just as bed for you if not worse than a soda.

The government needs to stay out of forcing, by law, people to live one way or another.
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Karl Wilder
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01:19 PM on 09/17/2012
Big tobacco gives money to politicians...all of our pols are bought and paid for.
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Leecard146
04:10 PM on 09/17/2012
You are exactly right. That is a huge problem. Whey else would anyone spend more to get elected to a job that pays less than what it cost them to get elected? They know it will pay off.
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talari
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01:51 AM on 09/16/2012
Does the plan outlaw free refills?
01:46 AM on 09/16/2012
Its ironic that this ban will only force you to buy 2 drinks causing two cups to be thrown in the trash and adding to garbage problem New York has. I'll bet tax money went to create a committee to study the"16 ounce compared to 32 ounce" controversy only to forgetabout this problem.
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cscott2
10:40 AM on 09/16/2012
This is really good financially for the businesses, now they get double the money, especially at the movies. So, if people can afford it they may buy two drinks, but then again, not two many people will want to or can shell out the money for another drink. I agree, ban cigarettes, but they are making too big a profit off of cigarettes with taxes, etc., hypocrites.