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So they cracked down on soda and now they may crack down on alcohol too?

Posted by on Nov. 15, 2012 at 11:22 PM
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  • Booze calories nearly equal soda’s for US adults
  • Americans get too many calories from soda. But what about alcohol? It turns out adults get almost as many empty calories from booze as from soft drinks, a government study found.
    Soda and other sweetened drinks — the focus of obesity-fighting public health campaigns — are the source of about 6 percent of the calories adults consume, on average. Alcoholic beverages account for about 5 percent, the new study found.
    “We’ve been focusing on sugar-sweetened beverages. This is something new,” said Cynthia Ogden, one of the study’s authors. She’s an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which released its findings today.
    The government researchers say the findings deserve attention because, like soda, alcohol contains few nutrients but plenty of calories.
    The study is based on interviews with more than 11,000 U.S. adults from 2007 through 2010. Participants were asked extensive questions about what they ate and drank over the previous 24 hours.
    The study found:
    — On any given day, about one-third of men and one-fifth of women consumed calories from beer, wine or liquor.
    — Averaged out to all adults, the average guy drinks 150 calories from alcohol each day, or the equivalent of a can of Budweiser.
    — The average woman drinks about 50 calories, or roughly half a glass of wine.
    — Men drink mostly beer. For women, there was no clear favorite among alcoholic beverages.
    For reference, a 12-ounce can of regular Coca-Cola has 140 calories, slightly less than a same-sized can of regular Bud. A 5-ounce glass of wine is around 100 calories.
    In September, New York City approved an unprecedented measure cracking down on giant sodas, those bigger than 16 ounces, or half a liter. It will take effect in March and bans sales of drinks that large at restaurants, cafeterias and concession stands.
    Should New York officials now start cracking down on tall-boy beers and monster margaritas?
    There are no plans for that, city health department officials said, adding in a statement that while studies show that sugary drinks are “a key driver of the obesity epidemic,” alcohol is not.
    Health officials should think about enacting policies to limit alcoholic intake, but New York’s focus on sodas is appropriate, said Margo Wootan, director of nutrition policy for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a public health advocacy group.
    Soda and sweetened beverages are the bigger problem, especially when it comes to kids — the No. 1 source of calories in the U.S. diet, she said.
    “In New York City, it was smart to start with sugary drinks. Let’s see how it goes and then think about next steps,” she said.
    However, she lamented that the Obama administration is planning to exempt alcoholic beverages from proposed federal regulations requiring calorie labeling on restaurant menus.
    It could set up a confusing scenario in which, say, a raspberry iced tea may have a calorie count listed, while an alcohol-laden Long Island Iced Tea — with more than four times as many calories — doesn’t. “It could give people the wrong idea,” she said.
     
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    CDC report: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/



    by on Nov. 15, 2012 at 11:22 PM
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    yourspecialkid
    by Platinum Member on Nov. 16, 2012 at 9:11 AM
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     Sighs....   Here I was thinking a calorie was a calorie whether it was in a pop or a wine cooler.............

    Honestly....I don't need to the govt telling what I can buy. 

    radioheid
    by Libertarian on Nov. 16, 2012 at 9:18 AM

     Of course government doesn't want to regulate booze in the same manner. Government is full of rich hypocrite drunks.


    "Roger that. Over."

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    jcrew6
    by Gold Member on Nov. 16, 2012 at 9:22 AM
    However, she lamented that the Obama administration is planning to exempt alcoholic beverages from proposed federal regulations requiring calorie labeling on restaurant menus.
    It could set up a confusing scenario in which, say, a raspberry iced tea may have a calorie count listed, while an alcohol-laden Long Island Iced Tea — with more than four times as many calories — doesn’t. “It could give people the wrong idea,” she said.





    Hrmmmmm
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    batmansgirl
    by Bronze Member on Nov. 16, 2012 at 10:36 AM
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    Please government but out of my life
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    Firenygirl180
    by Bronze Member on Nov. 16, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    I don't see any issue with having calories listed on the menu for anything.  Will it deter some people from ordering certain things? probably, but most people will read the calorie count and still order what they had wanted.

    As for the soda, where I live Mcdonalds sell all sizes of pop and sweet tea for $1.  I only buy the large because it comes in a plastic cup and I can reuse the cup later.  


    MeAndTommyLee
    by Gold Member on Nov. 16, 2012 at 12:10 PM
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    Yeah, the reason to take a look at liquor consumption is just merely the `calories'.  America misses the point...again.

    MeAndTommyLee
    by Gold Member on Nov. 16, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    I do agree.  Tackling the caloric intake?  Ridiculous to begin with.  If anything, and I am not suggesting this because I think it's BS -- what about the damage alcohol does to drunks and their families?  Now I am not suggesting government telling you what to eat or drink EVER.  It's the hypocrisy that drives me nuts.  And another thing..........leave cigs alone.

    Quoting batmansgirl:

    Please government but out of my life


    lga1965
    by on Nov. 16, 2012 at 12:20 PM
    It might help to list calories since so many people have no clue and little knowledge of nutrition.
    But there is no need to "ban " high calorie beverages.
    I drink water all day. But I have a glass of red wine in the evening. Its healthy
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    la_bella_vita
    by Bella on Nov. 16, 2012 at 4:09 PM

     

    Quoting batmansgirl:

    Please government but out of my life

     I agree

    Joqui
    by Joqui on Nov. 16, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    I don't think listing the amount of calories in your booze is a bad thing... should govt. be the ones requiring people to do it? eh... I am not sure I agree. 

    On a side note, I was happy not knowing that that my favorite beer had over 300 empty calories in it lol 

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