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Mayor Bloomberg Endorses National Donut Day While Pushing For A Soda Ban

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 New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is captivating the attention of the nation today with his soda ban proposal. It's completely unprecedented for a high-profile politician to take a stand like this against something that is as much a part of America as french fries and burgers.

Bloomberg is declaring war on soft drinks due to rising healthcare costs from obesity-related illnesses. Bloomberg estimates it costs the city as much as $4 billion a year.

"The percentage of the population that is obese is skyrocketing," Bloomberg said Thursday on MSNBC. He added: "We've got to do something."

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter received a lot of attention last year for a proposed soda tax (which never got anywhere), but this takes the cake - no pun intended.

Bloomberg is proposing that any sodas with more than 25 grams of sugar (per 8 oz serving) be limited to 16 oz servings, whether they are sold by vendors, lunch trucks, fast food chains, or at sporting events. A 16 ounce soda is the accepted "small" serving sold by fast food chains and restaurants.

A certain mayor also proclaimed Friday would be "National Donut Day" and guess who is endorsing it? Yep, none other than Mayor Bloomberg.  Seems a little hypocritical doesn't it?

Why would you be in favor of limiting the consumption of soft drinks, but be in favor of people consuming what is arguably the most unhealthy breakfast treat one can eat?

Let's do a little simple math shall we. Here is the breakdown on the following softdrinks:

8 ounces of Coca-Cola: 100 calories, 27 grams of sugar

8 ounces of Nestea Iced Tea with Lemon: 80 calories, 22 grams of sugar

8 ounces of Pepsi: 100 calories, 28 grams of sugar

8 ounces of Rockstar Energy Drink: 140 calories, 31 grams of sugar

8 ounces of Sprite: 96 calories, 26 grams of sugar

Now, let's get a breakdown on donuts. According to Dunkin Donuts' nutrition catalog on their site, these popular donuts each eclipse sodas in their overall junk value when you combine calories, fat, sodium, and sugar.

Apple Crumb Donut: 490 calories, 18 grams of fat (9 grams saturated), 350 mg of sodium, and 49 grams of sugar

Blueberry Crumb Donut: 500 calories, 18 grams of fat (9 grams saturated), 350 mg of sodium, and 52 grams of sugar

Chocolate Coconut Cake Donut: 550 calories, 39 grams of fat (25 grams saturated), 390 mg of sodium, and 22 grams of sugar

Coffee Roll: 400 calories, 18 grams of fat (9 grams saturated), 400 mg of sodium, and 19 grams of sugar

Glazed Donut: 260 calories, 14 grams of fat (6 grams saturated), 330 mg of sodium, and 12 grams of sugar

There is certainly some credence to the argument that Mayor Bloomberg's soda ban is a good idea, but if you're going to go through with it - then go all the way. Why not force Kentucky Fried Chicken and McDonald's to limit the amount of fat and sodium in what they sell? Why not force Dunkin Donuts to limit the fat, sodium, and sugar in all of their products?

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com

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