The Importance Of The Soda Ban

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It is not the government’s job to tell us what we are allowed to put in our bodies. A lot of controversy has come up with the Soda Ban Bill. The bill wants to limit the amount of soft drinks sold over 16 ounces. Ultimately, it is an individual’s choice on what they put in their body, and it is arbitrary for the government to try and regulate how much soda people consume. The government is trying to treat us like children who cannot make their own drink choices and it is unwarranted. It is important for us to understand that the real problem here is not limiting the soft drinks, but informing people as to what is and is not healthy. Many people turn to other drinks in order to try and be a bit healthier, such as fruit juice, thinking that it …show more content…
According to a this term life infographic, drinking soda can cause asthma from the sodium benzoate, heart disease from the high fructose levels, and kidney issues from phosphoric acid. It can also cause obesity, and “70% of cardiovascular disease is related to obesity. 30% of gallbladder disease is related to obesity.” It is clear that soda is leading to obesity, but strictly limiting soda will not end the obesity problem, because there are other drinks that are responsible. Passing the soda ban would be inconsequential, because a majority of the people that drink large amounts of soda are aware that it is unhealthy. Instead of trying to ban things, there should be more education about the downfalls of drinking soda and other sugary substances. In just 10 teaspoons of coca cola, there are 140 calories and 40 grams of sugar, and in 9.8 teaspoons of apple juice there are 165 calories and 39 grams of sugar. Others may make the argument that while fruit juice can be just as sugary as soda, they are filled with other benefits that soda does not have. For example, orange juice contains Vitamin C, Potassium, and Antioxidants (Gunners). While most juice has some benefits that soda may not possess, it contains misleading ingredients that are unhealthy for your body. There is often fructose in fruit juices, which can be good in moderation, but the liver is the only thing that can process it, and too much causes a fat build up. Also, the skin is usually the healthiest part of the fruit, but in most juices, that is removed right away

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