New York City has banned large soda drinks, San Francisco sought to outlaw toys in McDonald’s Happy Meals to reduce their appeal, and many communities have barred trans fats in fast foods. But do such government policies actually promote better diets and health?
Jayson Lusk, author of the new book “The Food Police,” argues such policies do nothing to improve public health or dietary habits and may actually have the opposite effect. In an interview with Newsmax Health, Lusk says much of what self-proclaimed food experts advocate is wrong-headed and confuses consumers and public policy issues, making it harder for many people to make sensible choices about diet and nutrition.
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A prime example: The recent New York City ban on large soda sizes.
“There’s really no scientific evidence that this policy, banning large soda sizes, is actually going to work,” says Lusk, a professor of agricultural economics at Oklahoma State University. “In fact it might have some unintended consequences. There was a study that published just last week showing that in fact one of the ways that companies, food retailers, could get around this is by offering two-for-one specials and, in fact, that study showed that people might even consume more soda than they did before.”