Connecticut and Baltimore, Maryland may soon have something in common — a ban on sugary drinks on children’s menus.
Well, not yet. However, there is a push from the Connecticut Legislatures to enact a ban in the effort to keep children healthy. According to an article on WTNH entitled New Bill Plans to Ban Sugary Drinks on Children’s Menus in Connecticut, the bill is known as House Bill 7006. If passed, it would ban sugary drinks in sodas from children’s menus and restaurants across the state. Instead, the article said that it would only allow “flavored and sparkling water without sweeteners, non-flavored milk and a non-dairy milk alternatives.”
The goal of the bill? To decrease the obesity rate in children.
Now, this isn’t the first time lawmakers tried to deter kids away from soda and other sugary drinks. According to an article on the CT Post entitled Soda, Sugary-beverage Tax Debate, a penny per ounce tax on sugary drinks was proposed to lawmakers a few years back. However, that was never passed.
However, we all know that soda has a negative effect on your health. But, just how much?
Consuming a diet of only soda can have a ton of negative effects on the body. According to an article on SF Gate entitled What Happens if You Only Drink Soda vs. Water?, drinking entirely soda can lead to weight gain, tooth decay, and dehydration.
However, drinking entirely soda can have an effect on your mood as well. The article says that due to the fact that soda causes “a spike in your blood sugar, and since “your body isn’t naturally prepared to deal with this blood sugar spike, so it overcompensates.” This will then release “hormones that make your blood sugar plunge too low.” As a result of this spike, it makes you feel tired, irritable, and hungry.
With that being said, water is the healthier choice. And, even if that law wasn’t to pass, maybe this could help parents encourage healthy choices for their kids.