Sodas of sin

Connecticut will ban the sale of sodas in schools to fight obesity. But students will able to buy high-calorie fruit juice while no-calorie diet sodas will be taboo.

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  1. trotsky says:

    “High-calorie fruit juice” is a great source of essential vitamins. Yeesh, I’m waiting for the anti-milk brigades to marshal.

    A school creates an environment that shapes how kids think. It is entirely appropriate for schools to model good nutritional choices. Lord knows the tykes will get enough Dr Pepper in the rest of their lives.

  2. BadaBing says:

    Connecting obesity to sody pop is junk science.

  3. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Smuggling has always been a lucrative way to respond to prohibition. Leave the books out of a backpack and you can smuggle in a 12 pack of soda. At a dollar a pop, that would yield about – wait , students, what would the net be? Profit AND educational.

  4. Andy Freeman says:

    > A school creates an environment that shapes how kids think.

    Zero-tolerance anyone?

    More and more, public schools are embracing things that their most-insane detractors accused them of.

    Perhaps that’s why MiT was unwilling to say that a school that killed kids and served them in the cafeteria was a failed school that should be shut down.

  5. Engineer-Poet says:

    Connecting obesity to sody pop is junk science.

    You should tell the scientists who just found this:

    UF research implicates a rise in uric acid in the bloodstream that occurs after fructose is consumed, Johnson said.
    That temporary spike blocks the action of insulin, which typically regulates how body cells use and store sugar and other food nutrients for energy.
    If uric acid levels are frequently elevated, over time features of metabolic syndrome may develop, including high blood pressure, obesity and elevated blood cholesterol levels.

    If the school really wants to improve student health, they should prohibit all foods (and juices) containing added fructose or high-fructose corn syrup.  That includes the cafeteria as well as the vending machines.

  6. trotsky says:

    I’m not aware of any state or school that has actually banned soda on campuses. What California and now Connecticut have done is bar schools from selling junk to kids, who remain welcome to bring their own from home. If you’re going to be selling kids food, selling them healthy food is sensible.

  7. Ah, the prioritizing genius of the brethren of my former bosses in the state legislatures. I’m sure they then spent the next whole day renaming bridges, passing resolutions supporting popular things, and performing other utterly essential public business.

  8. Indigo Warrior says:

    I still say that kids need more meat and less (fewer?) sweets. The obesity epidemic is the result of the vegetarian epidemic.