The New York City Board of Health today banned the sale of super-sized sugary drinks including sodas at restaurants and several other fast-food venues. Mayo Clinic obesity expert Donald Hensrud, M.D., says the ban is reasonable.
“Understandably, people don’t like being told what to eat, but a limit like that isn’t unreasonable,” says Dr. Hensrud, chair of the Division of Preventive, Occupational, and Aerospace Medicine at Mayo Clinic. “Regular soda is a triple whammy, so to speak. It’s extra calories, there’s no nutritional value at all, and it may displace other foods that are healthier. There’s no real downside here.”
“There’s pretty good suggestive data that it does influence people’s weight, because of the high calorie density,” Dr. Hensrud says of the sugary drinks. “You can get a lot of calories and not realize it.”
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