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June 25, 2012

Overboard with the Food Police!

Cindy A. Rose

A little light reading over the past week had me wondering what the heck’s wrong with Nanny Bloomberg, the mayor of New York. Doesn’t he have bigger fish to fry?


That’s probably offensive. Perhaps it is better said: Doesn’t he have bigger fish to poach? That’s undoubtedly more politically acceptable.


While he’s getting his sphincter all knotted over 32 oz. 7-11 Big Gulps with their 364 calories (28 oz. of cola plus 4 oz of ice, all of which are sugar), there are higher caloric foods he could focus on.


If he’s bound and determined to be the food police chief, how about looking at Romano’s Macaroni Grill Parmesan-Crusted Sole. What sounds healthier than fish, right? At 2,190 calories, 141 grams of fat and 2,980 milligrams of sodium, I‘m thinking that’s not so healthy. So much for lean protein.


Instead of Romano’s fish you could have eaten four McDonald’s Big Macs and consumed fewer calories. Why isn’t Romano’s being vilified like McDonald’s?


I’m sorry, again. Why are we worried about the Big Gulp? Yes, it has a lot of calories to consume at one time, but how many people actually consume that entire beverage all at once. So what if they did, the Romano’s healthy fish is far worse.


What makes it doubly horrible is because it’s misleading. Most people assume eating fish is healthy. Ain’t this proof that everything in life isn’t always what it seems?


Nanny Bloomberg is no exception. I’m left puzzling over why he’s picking on the beverage industry? Are there no Romano’s, Chili’s or Blimpie’s in New York City? Instead of focusing on beverage vendors in Queens, how about Dairy Queen’s?


Did a Coke truck drive over his puppy? Did a beverage vendor flip him the bird? Did Pepsi refuse to contribute to his campaign? Did he find a fly in his root beer? Why the targeting of soft drinks?


I recently picked up David Limbaugh’s The Great Destroyer at my local library. When I check out books, I can’t leave with one or two and I always try to grab a couple of coffee table type books for quick reading with my children. Along with The Great Destroyer I snagged a copy of David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding’s Eat This Not That!


Admittedly I’m enjoying the latter more than the former.


I’ve learned nothing new from Mr. Limbaugh, but from Mr. Zinczenko and Mr. Goulding I’ve learned Nanny Bloomberg can cease and desist with the beverage battle. These fellows are already on the case to curb calories in local eateries. With two million copies of their first volume sold and over 40 million people exploring their website ( I think the private sector has this in hand.


What makes this more appealing is people aren’t as offended when the private sector works to curb fat content and educate us about healthy eating. When the government does it, it just angers the public which tends to want to eat more as a way of protesting. In effect, Mayor Bloomberg is making the situation worse by sticking his public nose into private business.


In the first edition of Eat This Not That, the authors name Baskin-Robbins Heath Shake the Unhealthiest Drink in America at 2,310 calories and 108 grams of fat. It caused such an uproar that Baskin-Robbins removed it from the menu.


Why Nanny Bloomberg is worried over a lousy 374 calorie drink when he could be worried over Chili’s Pepper Pals Little Chicken Crispers kids meal with ranch dressing and home-style fries that weigh in at a whopping 1,110 calories, 83 grams of fat and 1,980 grams of sodium.


That one meal is more calories than a child of 8 or 9 is supposed to consume all day.


Uno Chicago Grill Pizza Skins (full order) are a staggering 2,400 calories, 3,600 milligrams of sodium and 155 grams of fat. WOW!


That’s just an appetizer. The meal hasn’t even been woofed down yet.


I have to admit I haven’t been to a Uno’s in some years; however, the last time I was there, calorie counts weren’t on the menu.


I know for certain the last restaurant at which I ate (Golden Corral) had no such information. I did have breakfast with friends several months ago at IHOP and noticed they did have nutritional information on the menu, but only for the “light” meals.


The government does have a role to play in what we eat. But it should be limited to regulating the posting of nutritional information only. We are still a free country and should be allowed to make our own choices, even if they are bad ones.


I think many of us are aware of the unhealthy contents in the foods we eat and that certain reports say obesity is up. However, I’ll point out that body mass indexes have changed over the years. Someone who would not be considered obese 10 years ago at a certain weight is considered obese today.


I admit we all need to be a little more conscious of what we put in our pie hole. However, we need to temper the latest health report with a little common sense and a grain of salt.


Not too much salt, Nanny! Bloomberg doesn’t like that.


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