Just a quick NQR chime-in on the soft drink debate that’s currently raging in New York City (see article on the recent hearing where Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal to limit soda sizes to 16oz in the city is debated).
Personally we’ve taken to ordering kids’ meals when we’re traveling and don’t otherwise have our normal range of options for healthy eating (or at least obtaining healthy portion sizes). The fries in a kids’ meal are the same size now days as LARGE fries when we were kids. The burgers are portion-sized, rather than 1000+ calorie behemoths. And the sodas are in the 8 – 12oz range. This says alot about America, and American gluttony, that the cheapest and most available sources of food are too large, too sugary, and too fat. Unlike much of the rest of the world, where the poorer classes are subjected to starvation-level poverty, in America food is an almost unavoidable excess unless you’re rich enough (ala Angelina Jolie) to hire a private cook and nutritionist.
Here’s proof (from what has been, over time, one of our more favored and frequented fast food joints) on the explosion in size of soft drinks. A REGULAR soda (regular!) came across the counter to me barely large enough to fit in my hand. The fine print in the lower right corner of the cup reveals its size: 30oz. It’s stupid big. And it lends credence to what doctors are saying about these soft drinks, that they’re addictive. How else can anyone explain drinking, in one sitting, an amount of soda that is equal to half the normal intake of water someone needs during a day?
I say to Mayor Bloomberg: “Good work.” If someone has a problem with a 16oz size soda, let them purchase two (or four, if they want the equivalent of a modern ‘large’).