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April 19, 2014

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letter to the editor:

Soda unfairly singled out

In reference to the July 8 article, “So. Nevada officials push Soda Free Summer pledge,” it’s discouraging to see that Clark County is oversimplifying what it means to make a “lasting commitment to health” by singling out soda.

The most recent data from the federal government show that kids ages 12 to 17 years consumed 42 percent less sugar from soda in 2008 than in 2000. That’s a significant decline. There was also a decline in the amount of sugar this age group consumed from fruit drinks and sports drinks.

Americans eat far more calories today than 30 years ago. But recent data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that more than half of the increase in calories comes from fats and oils; calories from sugar account for only 7 percent. Getting serious about health requires that we take a total diet approach to good health rather than focus on one beverage.

The author is executive director of the California/Nevada Soft Drink Association.

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  1. I highly recommend moderately cold water mixed with a tad of fresh squeezed lemon juice. Add no sugar. Some prefer moderately warm water. Depends on likes and dislikes and season [summer or winter].

    Carmine D

  2. It's merely another part of an agenda by the food "police" to dictate what we can or cannot choose to consume. Inch by inch, our freedoms are being negated by elitists who look down their collective noses at "common" folk and believe it's up to them to "guide" the unwashed masses onto the "correct" path. And, not surprisingly, many of the unwashed masses seem to be just fine with that so long as they get a carrot or two along the way.

  3. Jerry...The countries medical bills are running $250 billion a month with the government getting stuck with a big part of the tab. Obesity is a major factor in cost with diabetes running $245 billion per year. Medicare is paying your bills, if you want to look like an elephant and stick the rest of us with the bill have fun.
    Nothing wrong with taxing vice. Currently the situation is so bad the military is having a hard time getting qualified applicants because kids are so fat they can't pass a medical exam.
    At some point it becomes a national security issue.
    Carmine has a good suggestion. Lemon water kills the appetite.

  4. Hold on, Gerry. Are you actually saying that drinking a Coke or Pepsi is a vice? Puleeeze. If that's the case, anything can be labeled a "vice." I don't disagree that too much of anything can be bad for a person; I only object to whackos Like Michael Bloomberg making it illegal for folks to choose their own poison when it comes to how much soda thay consume in one sitting. I never drink sugary beverages. I also never add salt to anything I eat. That's my choice. But why should I stop you from doing so? And why should pencil-pushing government drones?