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Ladies & Gentlemen… This is Food Arena!
On today’s post we are going to be talking about vending machines. The average soda vending machine makes you pay 2$ for a soda, but did you know that that ONE12 oz bottle of the average soda has 40 grams of sugar! That’s almost how much sugar you should have in TWO days!
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That delicious root beer float that you always crave for, really you should be wanting to run away from.
In one large serving of the root beer float from the A&W restaurant, there are 110 grams of sugar. That’s almost 5 days worth of you’re daily amount of sugar – 24 grams per day. Remember, the next time you order a frothy float, you’re packing your body with over a hundred grams of sugar.
When you reach in the fridge for a drink, make sure it’s something healthy, and not a soda like Dr. Pepper.
Dr. Pepper has 27.6 grams of sugar, 104 calories, no protein, and 28 carbohydrates. Clearly, you shouldn’t be drinking it! But that’s just in one 8 ounce cup! Instead, you should have a drink like water or milk.
Even Diet Dr. Pepper (0 grams) has chemicals which makes it just as bad as regular Dr. Peppers. It has red dye, and some researchers say it may cause cancer. A Dr. Pepper a day keeps you in the doctor’s office!
New York City has officially banned it’s ban on sugary drinks larger than 16 oz.
When we started this blog over two years ago the New York City Soda Ban was causing major debates. Earlier this year, New Yorks highest court declared the ban unconstitutional. This is an important event to us, because the idea of the ban is the main reason we started the blog. We were 6th graders then, and I remember having many interesting arguments with my class mates about the ban. These arguments lead to further research on sugar which eventually led to the #sugarkills blog.
The idea of the ban was that if people can’t buy a 32oz soda, then they won’t drink 32oz of sugar, thus lowering the cities sugar total. The problem is that you can just buy two 16oz sodas, and by having to carry around an extra bottle, people will get annoyed. There was about an 18 month long debate that went on, and early this year the law banning soda’s over 16oz was going to be put in effect…
BUT… The supreme court stepped in and declared the ban unconstitutional, so New Yorkers can continue to drink big sodas at will. Our #sugarkills gang had a hard time deciding whether the ban is a good idea or not. Personally I agree with the supreme court and that the ban would limit freedom. But it would be good if people drunk less soda.
On July 1st, 2014, many schools in the U.S stopped selling unhealthy foods in the cafeteria and vending machines (see our School Lunch post).
Many students are unhappy with this change because they argue it limits their freedom. One student said “I don’t want junk food to be ‘outlawed,’ because as long as these snacks are eaten in moderation they can’t do any serious harm in our school.” That is true, but how many middle-schoolers are disciplined enough to eat junk food “in moderation” when given the opportunity not to? From the scene in our cafeteria it’s obvious that not many do.
So maybe it was a good idea to take away the junk food, and add healthy foods. Here’s what one student said, “If we have healthier foods, we tend to like them more over time.” Plus they are healthier in the long run. That would be a perfect world situation, kids eating healthy while enjoying the food they eat. But we all know we don’t live in a perfect world and the kids just don’t like the healthy foods the government is trying to force us into eating.
What is more important kids happiness, or kids unhappily eating healthy?
See? Kickstart isn’t so bad (relatively). The energizing soft drink will give you a boost of energy AND keep you under your recommended added sugar total for the day, although barely. Neither of them are good for you, but Kickstart is obviously the better choice.