Baylor Facilities in Texas going Sugar-Free

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I just heard a story on the news that was surprising….Baylor medical facilities (hospitals, clinics, etc) in Texas are going sugar-free.  This means that they will only be selling water, juice, and diet sodas and drinks in their vending machines and cafeterias.  I'm sure this is getting a mixed response from the employees and visitors of these facilities, but is it a good thing?  I applaud them for what they're trying to do, but I personally have doubts that sugar substitutes are any healthier than sugar.  I would have totally cut out the diet stuff, too.  Yes, skipping the sugar is better for your waist line and other things, but the chemicals in diet sodas are not what I would label "healthy."  But, it's a start, I guess.

Baylor has also eliminated candy and junk food, which is a good idea, especially if you want to send a message that your health is important.  They've replaced the junk food with healthier snacks that include whole grains and baked potato chips.  Again, not THE healthiest option, but it's definitely a start.

CBS DFW also reports that the Baylor hospital Cafes began transitioning to a healthier menu back in July.  

What are your thoughts on this issue?  Do you think it's good?  One woman on the newscast said that she was a "grown adult" and she should be able to make her own choices.  Do you agree?

Comments

  1. Well, they are a private school and can do as they wish…but I will say that I hate when decisions are made for me.  Yes, it sends a good message, but if I need a Snickers bar to get me through the day, how is it their business?  Sometimes I'm healthy, and sometimes I'm not.  It's moderation.

    • Your comment made me realize that I didn't specify that it was the Baylor clinics and hospitals, not the school, as far as I know.  But you're right, why is it their business??  

  2. I would prefer that artificial sugars be banned before sugary drinks but both have no place in a medical facility.

  3. I suppose hospital / medical facilities should be promoting eating healthier. I agree with what Danielle said though about artificial sweetners being as bad as the "bad" sugary drinks and foods.
    I think that people should take personal responsibility for making better choices for their eating and lifestyles.   I hate to see the media blame obesiety or other health issues on the unhealthy food /drinks or their manufacturers. Everyone has a choice as to what they eat / drink but yes having better/healthier options is great!

  4. It's a good start, as in not selling it. As long as hey aren't saying it can't be eaten.

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