• By Dana Sparks

New York City Soda Drink Ban is Good for Health

September 13, 2012

The New York City Board of Health 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 and there's pretty good suggestive data that it does influence people’s weight because of the high calorie density.”

To interview Dr. Hensrud contact:
Sharon Theimer 
[email protected]

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