Soda Ban In Texas Public Schools Reintroduced By State Rep. Carol Alvarado

State Rep. Carol Alvarado is once again pushing to ban soda in Texas public schools. The Houston Democrat is also seeking to ban sports drinks and other sweetened beverages, but would allow schools to sell or distribute 100-percent vegetable or fruit juice, vitamin-enhanced water, water without sweeteners and milk with a fat content of 1 percent or less. According to a Dallas Observer blog, Alvarado introduced a similar bill last year that easily passed the House before it was defeated in the state Senate. The legislation was met with opposition from state Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, who said lawmakers were “telling [students] that we don’t trust their judgment on things,” according to the Texas Tribune.In-school soda and sugary drinks bans are spreading. A recent study by University of Michigan researchers showed half as many U.S. adolescents as in 2006 were able to buy high-calorie sodas in public schools. However, fruit drinks, sports drinks and other noncarbonated beverages that pack excess calories and sugar can still be easily purchased in school vending machines, stores and cafeterias. More than half of middle school students and most high school students could still buy such drinks in the 2010-11 academic year, the study found. Read More…
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Soda Ban In Texas Public Schools Reintroduced By State Rep. Carol Alvarado

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