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Consumer advocate Ralph Nader once said: "If God hadn't meant for us to eat sugar, he wouldn't have invented dentists."
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn't share Ralph Nader's higher-power (if tongue-in-cheek) rationale for a sweet tooth, as residents of the city's five boroughs have learned. The sour taste from that lesson begins Tuesday.
That's when the ban on sales of sugar-laced drinks larger than 16 ounces - a ban he championed for months and got approved by the city board of health - goes into effect.
The regulation has drawn national attention and the wrath of many New Yorkers - polls show up to 60 percent disapprove of the ban - and of people who don't even live in the Big Apple.
Red from New York wrote on nytimes.com: "What is next, no neckties because they are a known choking hazard? No white shirts, they require toxic bleaching? No dry cleaning, it spreads dangerous solvents?"
Of course, there are those who say they support the ban, even in New York.
Cee from New York wrote at nytimes.com: "You are what you eat ... given the alarming percentage of Americans who are overweight and the impact that has on our healthcare system and cost, we should be happy that there are those out there trying to address the public health problem."
So which drinks will actually cause city consumers to suffer the sugar blues? What places will be forced to stop selling those super-sized Slurpees?
And does a tall-half-skinny-half-1-percent-extra-hot-split-quad shot (two shots decaf, two shots regular) latte with whip from Starbucks have to be pried from someone's lukewarm - and likely sugar free - dead hand? That all depends.
The ban hits sugary drinks like sodas that come in more than a 16-ounce container. Those super-sized, 32-ounce drinks and beyond will no longer be sold in most places.
The big sugar drink ban applies to restaurants, fast-food chains like McDonald's and Burger King, movie and stage theaters, delis and office cafeterias.
However, sugar lovers take note: There are some sweet spots still left open. Those are convenience stores, drug stores and supermarkets. They can keep selling any kind of sugary drink in the larger sizes.
So, while a delicatessen or a Dunkin Donuts can't sell a sugary drink larger than 16 ounces, a Duane Reade pharmacy down the street can sell a 20-ounce drink ... a 26-ounce ... a 32-ounce ... a 64-ounce ... or a 120-ounce, if they have it.
And anyone who buys a 16-ounce drink from a place that's banned from selling larger sizes will be allowed to refill their cup, depending on the place where they get it, and won't be forbidden from buying more than one drink.