Skip to comments.1 Soda A Day Equals 50 Pounds Of Sugar A Year, Says NYC Health Department
Posted on 10/25/2011 8:24:15 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
1 Soda A Day Equals 50 Pounds Of Sugar A Year, Says NYC Health Department October 25, 2011 10:04 AM
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) The New York City Health Department is launching a new campaign to show just how much sugar is in a can of soda.
The health department says drinking one soda a day equals 50 pounds of sugar a year, which can lead to problems like obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
Sugary drinks are the largest single source of added sugar in the diet, and a childs risk of obesity increases with every additional daily serving of a sugary drink, said New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley in a statement.
Cathy Nonas, director of the citys physical activity and nutrition program, says that 50 pounds of extra sugar can be harmful to the body.
When were looking at a city where there is an epidemic of overweight and obesity and we look at the diseases that are associated with obesity, even in young kids, 50 pounds of sugar a year, of added sugar to rest of the diet, is way too much, Nonas told 1010 WINS.
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I’m not terribly bothered when government agencies report the facts, and enable people to make good decisions.
I’m bothered when the government regulates in a way that distorts good decision making, like subsidizing the HFCS that soda pop actually contains instead of sugar.
Think of all the CO2 that is released into the atmosphere to cause global warming!/s.
First they came for the smokers and you said nothing because you didn’t smoke...then they came for the salt users and again you said nothing...then the runny eggs, rare steaks, lightbulbs, flush toilets...now they’re coming for YOU.
What does 3 beers a day equal?
They must be basing it on a 16 oz soda.
Their figures are more or less correct though, given that an average soda is about 13+% sugar by weight.
i can’t taste the diff so i drink diet. it probably causes cancer or something though...
In unrelated news - NYC Health Department fails at math.
Coke has ~40 Grams of sugar in a 12 oz can
X 365 days a year
÷ 454 grams/lb
= 32 lbs
Granted 32 lbs of sugar is still alot (and I was liberally rounding) but it’s about 20lb short of 50
“Im not terribly bothered when government agencies report the facts, and enable people to make good decisions.”
I agree with you. Having said that, I think it’s really important for people struggling with their weight to remember that changing just one thing in your diet, and sticking with it, can have huge effects over time.
um.... i doubt it
hey~! Is Coca-cola is run by big libtards?
Let’s demand that they stop PUTTING CO2 IN THEIR DRINKS!!!
HOW COULD THEY BE SO CARELESS ABOUT “THE ENVIRONMENT”
So 2.2oz of a 12oz soda are sugar? ((50lbs * 16oz/lb)/365 days per year)
These people are IDIOTS.
While I do agree people should cut down on the sugary drinks what business is it of NYC to tell anyone what they should or should not eat or drink. This country is still one where we are FREE to make our own decisions is it not??
That number makes sense only in the context of total sugar consumption.
It’s not the sugar that makes you fat, it’s the high fructose corn syrup........
uhhh....shouldn't they be down at the Occupy Wall Street protests cleaning up all the pee & poop? That's a bigger health risk than a can of Sprite.
Sure, 50 lbs sounds like a lot, but when you break it down it’s only like a can of pop a day.
—What does 3 beers a day equal?—
Before, or after lunch?
Its not the sugar that makes you fat, its the high fructose corn syrup........
An apple a day keeps the doctor away and adds about 18.5 lbs of sugar to your diet a year. So maybe just have a Coke every other day and that will also keep the doctor away.
Last I heard, there was still a massive bed bug infestation in the city. That seems like a more pressing issue that sugar.
Isn’t this the same bunch that says rats, the four-legged variety, ain’t a health hazard?
“What does 3 beers a day equal?”
A spare tire in 2 years or less?
NYC Health Department FAILS at Math! Sheesh, what dumba$$es.
How much are you getting paid to do this?
Where is the money coming from?
How can we defund you and make you get a real job?
Count me as mildly surprised that they did not extrapolate that figure over a lifetime so that they could push even scarier numbers.
Also notice how they conveniently “forgot” to mention how much sugar is in a comparably-sized portion of orange juice or apple juice, or how many carbs are in an apple a day...
You are lucky, I guess. I can taste the difference. Drinking sugar free stuff is like drinking poison. So one wonders just why they can’t cut sugar or corn syrup in half. My other half cuts sugar by half in most recipes and things taste just fine. Wonder why they can’t do that with soda drinks.
Math time: 28 grams a day times 365 Hmmmm.
453.6 grams to a pound, 31 grams in a troy ounce
One per day equals 28X365 or 10,220 grams per year assuming no other sugar intake. That is a big assumption.
10220/453.6 equals 22.53 a far cry from fifty pounds. Or my math is screwed up. Could be.
Its the sugar that makes you fat, trust me. You can argue that HFCS is worse than Sucrose, but still, any excess calories are going to make you fat. That includes sugar.
I drink 4-6 real Cokes a day. I also eat a well balanced diet. I am 5’2” tall.
I weigh 99 pounds, soaking wet.
Corn Syrup is NOT sugar
It’s really simple.
Sugar is metabolized immediately as an energy booster.
High fructose corn syrup is stored in the body as fat.
I suspect that this study is the reason for all the commercials touting ‘corn sweetener’ as being no different than sugar, from the CORN LOBBY of course.
We, in America are caught between two powerful lobbies in DC. The Corn Lobby and the Sugar Lobby.........
Their math is seriously flawed.
A full can of soda is 160 calories, which is 10 teaspoons of sugar.
That works out to 76 cups of sugar a year for 365 cans. Not 50 pounds, closer to 38 pounds. That’s for the FULL can.
Most soda manufacturers consider a 12 ounce can 2 servings.
Half that (18.93 lbs) is what 365 servings of soda/year works out to.
In other words, they are exaggerating by OVER 2 1/2 times the amount of sugar consumed by drinking soda.
IF they exaggerate so badly on such a minor thing, who could possibly take anything they say seriously?
Nonsense. "Sugar" is sucrose = one glucose and one fructose (they are linked together but are cleaved in the stomach). HFCS 55, for example, is the same ratio of glucose/fructose as "sugar" (and the same sweetness). There is no difference as to how they are metabolized.
Speaking of math. Mistake number one, Pepsi has 41 grams, not 28. Must have gotten that one off of Gator Aid. Nope, Gator Aid 14 grams per 8 oz
I didn't say there was...........
Maybe they are using bigger cans............
How do they measure high fructose corn syrup as 50 pounds of sugar?
The NYC Health Department needs to call for ending sugar subsidies.
A good day!
“So one wonders just why they cant cut sugar or corn syrup in half.”
Years ago, Pepsi marketed a Pepsi that was half real, half diet. 60 calories a can, and I couldn’t tell the difference between it and real Pepsi - but no one bought it.
Baskin-Robbins once marketed diet ice cream, only to find it both didn’t sell, and hurt sales of their regular ice cream.
It’s not nanny state to spread information.
Sugar and HFCS are both equally bad for you, and Americans eat way too much of them causing massive health problems
I’m going to caution that the labeling on a can of coke speaks of the information per serving. A serving is 6oz - half a can. If one consumes the entire can, the ingested amounts will be double the listed amount.
The country’s falling apart and they worry about sugar?
Sugar is a renewable resource.... good for the economy...