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« on: Jun 03, 2011 09:40 AM »


Asalaamu Alaikum bro

Bad news for those Bebzi fans Wink  bebzi

The scary part of this story though is how many people have to claim food stamps in this day and age!!




New Yorkers on benefits face fizzy drinks ban


With a month to go before the height of summer, temperatures in New York are already hitting 30C (86F).

For Dennis, Johnson and Javii, playing basketball in the Bronx, it's the kind of weather for a refreshing fizzy drink.

"Soda's good for us," says Johnson.

Dennis is even sure fizzy drinks can help with medical problems: "If you have a stomach ache," he says, "What does your mom buy?"

He answers his own question: "Ginger ale, right? That's a soda."

Twenty-three-year-old Dominique Pleasant is sitting nearby with her two daughters. They're all drinking cans of cola.

Like more than a quarter of people in the Bronx, Dominique qualifies for food stamps.

"Food stamps is free money from the government to purchase food," she explains.

"It's for people on low incomes, single parent families like us or people that don't have a job."


'It's stupid'

 
It's estimated 1.7 million New Yorkers claim food stamps


Now the city's waiting to hear if the federal government in Washington will allow a ban on spending food stamps on fizzy drinks.

Health officials say it's to cut obesity and tackle illnesses like diabetes.

"I think it's stupid," says Dominique. "It makes no sense. The air we are breathing is bad but they aren't trying to stop that."

New York has seen a long line of moves lately to try to improve public health.

It's just banned smoking in public parks. Chain restaurants have to put calorie counts on menus.

There's been a series of hard-hitting adverts on local TV warning of the dangers of fizzy drinks.

Officials say it's about helping people make the right choices



http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/13618342

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« Reply #1 on: Jun 03, 2011 08:44 PM »

wsalam,

I never heard of "fizzy drinks" until I went to syria and met some british sisters! Then I realized they're talking about "soda" which is what we call it or down south they call it "pop"!! I agree with cutting out soda for everyone, I think ppl can do it if they can find healthier alternatives like green tea (with no sugar) or water. It can be done ppl!!  bebzi
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« Reply #2 on: Jun 03, 2011 10:01 PM »

salam


But don't you find that green tea tastes like ditch water?

I don't like fizzy drinks much, but I do drink regular teas & about a million different variations of coffee.

Everything in moderation should be fine.


Btw, Flat pepsi by the teaspoon full is amazing at settling the stomach when you have a bout of vomitting!




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« Reply #3 on: Jun 04, 2011 10:34 AM »

Yeah I hate green tea too.  After buying dozens of different types, I have realized I am a black tea gal. And I can drink THAT with no sugar or milk... but green tea makes me want to drink a fizzy drink to even it out.

I also love coke, but I no longer drink it, because I don't want my kids to drink any of that nonsense (which they dont, alhamdulillah). I make do with perrier (because I miss 'fizz') and coffee when I need to. 
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« Reply #4 on: Jun 05, 2011 08:18 PM »

This would be good if you can exchange it with something like toilet paper, a necessity that is not food
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« Reply #5 on: Jun 08, 2011 02:42 PM »

Sad truth is that some people don't really need the food stamps but have figured out a way to scam the system. Horrible, when those that need it , dont always get it. Bottom line, I agree, so many people should not need them in this day....


With that said, drink water. NYC water is some of the best in the word. 


I love juice. Got some fresh carrot juice from this store near at work the other day. Surprised that i didnt turn orange. Alhamdulilah for that.


And yes, I love me some watermelon. I'm a bit surprised that it originates from Egypt! Nice.


Bottoms up.
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