“It’s unfair to serve sugar water—drinks with absolutely no nutritional value—to people who genetically can’t handle it,” said Dr. Jacqueline Salas-Spiegel,” a Latina physician at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center. Dr. Salas-Spiegel was responding to this week’s news that two prominent civil rights groups, the N.A.A.C.P., and the Hispanic Foundation, have joined the soft drink industry’s lawsuit against NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed ban on supersized soft drinks. “Their position actually works against minorities,” she added.
According to the New York Times, the amicus brief, filed by both groups, was written by attorneys for the Coca-Cola Company. The ban is set to take place in March. “All the studies show that you will lose weight just by eliminating one element, sugary drinks, from your diet,” according to Dr. Salas-Spiegel.
Click here to read the New York Times article: In N.A.A.C.P., Industry Gets Ally Against Soda Ban