Nanny State

Milk v. Coke

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does this bowler hat make me look fat?

A linkalicious follow-up on Tuesday's post about San Francisco's ban on Coke in vending machines in city property in favor of milk, from Cato's Jason Kuznicki who asks: What can I say?

I could say that a twelve ounce can of Coca-Cola has fewer calories than twelve ounces of whole milk, because it does — 140 to 216.

I could say that you'll be even fatter if you substitute whole milk for Coke, ounce for ounce, because you will be.

I could say that the extra nutrients in milk don't do anything to make it less fattening, because they don't.

I could say that 12 ounces of soy milk has 198 calories, which is still well above Coke's 140.

I could even say that switching to skim milk doesn't help you all that much — if you do the math, you'll find that there are 124.5 calories in 12oz of skim milk, compared, again, to 140 for Coke.

I could also point out that a tall Starbucks Frappuccino — also 12 ounces, and not covered by the ban — has 190 calories, largely from sugar and fat.

I could ask: Does anyone ever order a plain Frappuccino? A tall mocha Frappuccino has 220 calories.

Finally, I could point out that banning vending-machine drinks while leaving Starbucks untouched is a pretty rank example of class privilege at work — my indulgences are sophisticated and upper-class, while yours are vulgar and prole.

Drink up!