03 February 2012

Should sugar be taxed? One group of researches says 'Yes'

Could there soon be a tax on your Fruit Loops? If one group of researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, gets their way, then yes!

According to ABC News:
"In an editorial published today in the journal Nature, the UCSF doctors, Robert Lustig, Laura Schmidt and Claire Brindis, said the ballooning rates — and costs — of obesity, diabetes and other diseases, mean it’s time for regulators to lump sugar into the same category as booze and cigarettes and put similar restrictions on its sale and availability."

The authors of the editorial recommend the government tax all foods with added sugar such as soda, juice and cereal.

While I do believe sugar is plenty bad for you, (even though I have a mouthful of sweet teeth). I’m not ready to see a tax on it. I think as a nation it’s a matter of more responsible food producers, education on the consumer's part and making a huge effort to do something physical every day. In other words, it’s more than just sugar causing our problem of obesity! What do you think, should there be a tax on sugary foods?

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Boston, MA Julie loves finding new ways to make super healthy meals that are both easy and delicious. She has no special training as a chef just hours of playing in her own kitchen to feed her family. Julie believes you are what you eat, so she tries to keep it healthy with occasionally indulgences. Moving your body is a big party of being healthy and she tries to do that at least 6 times a week. When Julie’s not experimenting in the kitchen or spending time with her husband and 4 year old daughter, she is a partner at Three Bean Press, a custom self-publishing company. She is also a graphic designer and illustrator who has published three children's books: The Yellowest Yellow Lab, Lily and the Imaginary Zoo, and Frankie Goes to Fenway.

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