No free pass for milkshakes in NYC’s beverage ban

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Milkshakes may not escape New York City’s latest efforts to trim their residents’ waistlines after all.

Last month, Mayor Michael Bloomberg stirred up controversy and debate by announcing his plan to eliminate supersized portions of soda and sugary drinks. Under his proposal, restaurants, movie theaters, food carts and ball parks would be banned from selling soda and other sweetened beverages in containers larger than 16 ounces. Read more about Bloomberg’s original proposal.  

Originally, milk was among the beverages exempt from the supersized restriction. Now, the NYC Board of Health has put a new twist in the proposal.

According to MyFoxNY, board members have not only showed their support for Bloomberg’s proposal but have also suggested restricting sizes of milk drinks.

"There are certainly milkshakes and milk-coffee beverages that have monstrous amounts of calories," board member Dr. Joel Forman told MyFoxNY.

The board has agreed to begin a six-week public comment period on the proposal, the first step in formalizing the ban. Some members of the board also suggested expanding the proposal to include limitations on high-calorie foods, such as movie theater popcorn.

Currently 51 percent of New York City voters oppose the ban. 



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