Health and Wellness : soda restrictions will hurt minority-owned small businesses

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  1. dunwiddat

    dunwiddat Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    "Reacting to sharp criticism from health advocates over its opposition to New York’s forthcoming soda restrictions, the NAACP said minority-owned bodegas will suffer while 7-11 will get off scott free. "How they can look themselves in a mirror knowing they are hurting deliberately the life expectancy and the quality of life for the people that they're supposed to serve?" Mayor Bloomberg countered.Daily News


    Mayor Bloomberg and the NAACP have entered a war of words over the civil rights group's opposition to the city's soon-to-be-implemented restrictions on sugary drinks and sodas.

    You would think that the NAACP would have their minds on things that really affect African Americans. When black folks get killed by the police where are they. There are so many other things that they should be involved in but are not. I really have to SMH.
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    Soft drinks contain carbonated water as the key ingredient. Although the carbonation itself isn't necessarily unhealthy, some of the additives in carbonated soda can be harmful. The phosphoric acid in carbonated soda can interfere with calcium absorption and weaken teeth. Too much sugar and caffeine can have negative side effects. Carbonated soft drinks also aren't nutritious. They contain empty calories.
    Phosphoric Acid

    Although phosphoric acid adds a tangy flavor to colas and other carbonated beverages, over time it can soften and erode tooth enamel, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. Your saliva helps neutralize acidity, allowing tooth enamel to re-harden, but drinking carbonated soda regularly may not give the enamel enough time to re-harden. Once the enamel is gone, the inner tooth can be damaged. Foods and beverages with a pH value below 4 can cause tooth erosion. Colas have a pH value between 2.4 and 2.5.
    Caffeine

    Generally, moderate caffeine consumption isn't harmful for most people. However, you may be too dependent on it if you experience headaches, sleep problems or heart palpitations. Excessive caffeine consumption can also cause dehydration and gastrointestinal distress, warns Beth Czerony, a registered dietitian at Cleveland Clinic. Soft drinks are a popular source of caffeine, particularly for teenagers. Soft drinks other than colas also contain varying amounts of caffeine.

    Children younger than age 12 and pregnant women should avoid consuming caffeine. Because pregnant women can pass the stimulant on to their babies, the South Dakota Department of Health recommends no more than 300 mg of caffeine a day if you are pregnant. Caffeine remains in your unborn baby's bloodstream longer. Sodas with caffeine should not replace milk in a child's daily diet. Children need adequate calcium intake to build strong bones. Children should limit their caffeine consumption to less than 35 to 40 mg a day.
    Sugar

    While sugar itself does not cause diabetes, high sugar intake raises blood glucose levels, which can lead to a variety of health problems including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. People who consume a lot of foods and beverages, like carbonated sodas to which sugar has been added, often have higher body mass indexes -- an indicator of how much of your body weight is fat. Being overweight or obese is a known risk factor for diabetes. Carbonated sodas have no nutritional value yet are packed full of calories.
    Sugar Substitutes

    Artificial sweeteners found in diet sodas may not increase your risk of cancer and other diseases, but they can leave an aftertaste. Many of the foods and beverages that contain sugar substitutes contribute few nutrients. Although artificial sweeteners are generally considered safe, they offer no health benefits


    Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/520735-adverse-health-effects-of-carbonated-soda/#ixzz2JBp5yllJ

    Here in Barbados many black folks consume vast amounts of soda. The bottles can be returned for 10 cents (05 US cents per bottle) and you can see many folks who pick them up at the side of the road, and in other areas. The black businesses are the ones contributing to the unhealthy habits of black folks. What they need to do is start selling healthy stuff. I am sure that they have other products in their stores that can be sold... The restriction of sodas should not really affect them. When you think of sodas, and add the fast foods to this you can see the increase in chronic non-communicable diseases, like, diabetes, hypertension etc unless we begin a radical shift in what we EAT and DRINK. Many folks drink these every day. What they fail to see is that it may be a good thing for their health if the restriction is implemented. Black folks including the NAACP need to challenge the government on things that really matter.
     
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    We don't need to be consuming or selling Pop anyways....It's disgusting and foul. So for me, it's a blessing in disguise.
     
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    In N.A.A.C.P., Industry Gets Ally Against Soda Ban

    By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM

    Published: January 23, 2013



    ....In its brief, the N.A.A.C.P. conceded that obesity was a significant problem among blacks and Hispanics. But the group urged the city to create a more holistic program to attack the problem, including an increase in financing for physical education programs in public schools.

    Mr. Bloomberg’s plan, the brief argued, would disproportionately hurt minority-owned small businesses, which faced competition from larger convenience stores like 7-Eleven that would be exempt from the soda restrictions because of a quirk in New York’s regulatory structure.
    “At its worst, the ban arbitrarily discriminates against citizens and small-business owners in African-American and Hispanic communities,” the brief said.
    The plan has also been ardently opposed by several members of the City Council’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus.
    ....COMPLETE HERE: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/24/n...oombergs-soda-ban-reaches-courtroom.html?_r=0
     
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    sugar is poison….
     
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    they are coons of the highest order....

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