City's Anti-Obesity Soda Ban Won't Affect Obesity
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"In principle, it's a good thought," says U.C. San Francisco critical care nutritionist Irma Ishkanian of the mayor's anti-soda jihad. "By replacing sodas with soy milk or milk or juices you give people more calcium and nutrients. But as far as obesity, if you have two cans or bottles of juice, you're still having just as many or more calories. It's not really helping with obesity."
While no one could claim the health benefits of a bottle of Fanta Cream Soda and 100-percent orange juice are similar, their sugar and caloric content aren't as far apart as you'd think. And there is no distinction between "healthy calories" and "unhealthy calories." Notes Pat Booth, UCSF's associate director of nutritional services, "calories are calories -- from juice, soda, or any other food."
By the way, if you're looking to combat obesity, the best thing to drink is water. And the water running in San Francisco's taps is among the best in the world. If that's too boring -- a complaint Booth hears a lot -- there are low- or no-calorie flavored waters, seltzer, or you can buy a lemon or lime for a pittance and squeeze it into your glass.
You'll save money and lose weight.
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