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Food Fascists Bully Burger King Into Suspending Soda

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Nobody goes to Burger King looking for health food. They want to eat cheap crap, and they know that’s what they’re getting. People who don’t want to eat cheap crap don’t eat at Burger King. That’s the way it’s supposed to work in the United States of America.

But that’s not good enough for the food Nazis. If people won’t do what they’re told, well then, give ’em fewer bad choices to make. Bruce Horovitz, USA Today:

Burger King has dropped fountain drinks from its kids’ menu boards and they are no longer merchandised as part of Burger King Kids Meals. The stealth, unannounced move late last month by Burger King – under pressures from advocacy groups – follows similar announced moves in recent months by McDonald’s and Wendy’s…

Instead of soft drinks, the BK menu for kids will offer fat-free milk, 100% apple juice and low-fat chocolate milk…

Leading the pressure for the change was the consumer advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest, which says it has lobbied Burger King for almost two years to change the menu.

To give you an idea of what the CSPI is all about: In the ’80s, these jerks pressured restaurants to stop using animal fats in frying. Instead, restaurants started using trans fats. Then, when the health risks of trans fats became better known, the CSPI campaigned against that. They protested the very problem they created, without ever admitting they created it. Anything to keep the funding rolling in.

Now they’re doing it all over again, this time with soda. Look at the “healthy” alternatives: skim milk, chocolate milk, and apple juice. A lot of the Scientists of Sciencey Science are now telling us that a low-fat diet is counterproductive, if not harmful. And what sort of kid, given the choice between milk and chocolate milk, will go for the one without high-fructose corn syrup? Apple juice isn’t so bad, although it’s still a lot of concentrated sugar. The lil’ tyke would be better off just eating an apple, if such a thing is possible.

All of which is beside the point. Even if the science was sound, it’s nobody’s concern but the kids’ parents. They should be given more choices, not fewer.

This is just one more headache they have to put up with when they take their squalling brats to dinner. “Here, take my soda, if it’ll shut you up. Now let me eat my burger in peace… Stop hitting your brother STOP HITTING YOUR BROTHER!!”

Meddling in things that are none of their business is the CSPI’s business. And business is good.

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Jim Treacher