Nutrition coach Dominique Hofman of Falls Church, Va., says the soda ban should be nationwide

5:45 PM, May 31, 2012   |    comments
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ARLINGTON, Va.  (WUSA) - Super-sizing your soda may soon be a no-no in New York City. In the most ambitious effort yet led by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to combat obesity, the Big Apple plans to ban the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks.

Falls Church diet and nutrition coach Dominique Hoffman says the ban should be nationwide.  She says sugar  is like a very addictive drug.

"It's going to release opiates in the brain which stimulates appetite and increases the cravings for sugar," according to Hoffman who owns Zizania Diet and Nutrition Coaching.

A 20-once bottle of soda has about 1/3 cup of sugar, or 78-hundred milligrams.

"You are getting calories with nothing nutritious. Your stomach is still empty," said Hoffman.

She wholeheartedly supports New York City Mayor Bloomberg's plan to ban super sized sodas from restaurants, movie theaters and sports arenas. Selling any cup or bottle of a sweetened drink larger than 16 fluid ounces would be illegal.

"I consider it cancer in a bottle. It increases acidity in the body which is a breeding ground for cancer and other diseases."

Diet drinks, and dairy-based drinks like mailcoaches would not be included. And even though juice drinks contain about the same amount of sugar as sodas, they would also be exempt.

But banning super-sized sodas is as controversial as anything.

"I think it's a good thing. I think it's a start," said Chain Rubenstain. But his buddy, Nathan Ackerman feels the opposite: "I think banning soft drinks is crazy. I think it's an overstep, a gross overstep by government."

Arlington mom Nicole Marrone said, "I don't like it, I don't drink it. But I think you should be able to drink whatever you want. This is America."

You'd still be able to buy a Big Gulp from a New York City 7-11, because convenience stories and grocery stores aren't included in this proposal.

The New York City Board of Health is set to vote on the proposal this fall, and it could take effect by March 2013.

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