Some pretty interesting health news lately. First the large soft drink cup thing in New York, and now Disney is going to stop advertising junk food.
I’m particularly excited about Disney. The only thing I can’t figure out is why did they wait so long? It only makes sense to their bottom line to help parents provide good nutrition to their children. Of course, many parents need to be educated too.
Other companies have agreed to limit junk food marketing through the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative. From 2003 to 2008 these types of ads dropped from 94% to 86%. They wrote that like it’s a big deal.
Kids are so much more susceptible to junk food than what that 8% will help. A step in the right direction though. And, with Disney going all out, good results are sure to happen.
The policy isn’t going to take full effect until 2015 though. But, it includes all their enterprises, all radio, television and online ads will include no sugary foods.
Super Size Me?
New York’s mayor Bloomberg’s announcement to restrict large sugary drinks is another interesting story. Restricting only large sugary drinks but not including diet and fruit drinks really makes no sense since those are at least as bad.
Fruit juice is not the same as fruit because the fiber is removed. It’s more like concentrated fruit sugar or fructose. Fructose is worse than white sugar because of the way it metabolizes in the body. Sugar free soft drinks are sweetened with aspartame and other artificial sweeteners which have been shown to have numerous negative effects on the body.
Artificial sweeteners also stimulate hunger, so they don’t really help weight loss or weight maintenance at all. They do this by causing the body to get ready for the extra calories which don’t come, so you are left feeling hungry.
Obviously, it would be best to eliminate all soft drinks anyway. That stuff is just bad.
The best thing about Bloomberg’s attempt is that he is bringing awareness to a big problem in the way people eat. The US has become a ‘super size me’ country with deleterious effects on weight.
While many people may not support a law that takes away the freedom to choose how large of a soft drink can be bought, at there is an increase in the awareness of how much sugar is in that cup.
Stay aware of what you put in your mouth, it’s the best way to get and stay healthy.
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