Friday, December 15

Could There Be Taxes on Soft Drinks?

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Soft drinks have become such an issue in weight gain, some states are considering a tax on soft drinks like they tax alcohol and tobacco in an attempt to cut consumption. You can read an article here from Governing Magazine about this potential tax.

People are gaining weight at an alarming rate, and some of it can be attributed to their consumption of soft drinks.  Besides weight gain, there is strong scientific evidence that soft drink consumption is a major contributor to diabetes.  In a study of 91,249 women followed for eight years, those who consumed one or more soft drinks per day were twice as likely to develop diabetes as those who consumed less than one per month.

A typical 12 oz can of any major brand of soft drink is around 140 calories.  If you consume one per day, your weekly total will be 980 calories.  In one month you will have consumed enough calories to add one pound of body fat.  That is only one can per day.

In a 2005 report called “Liquid Candy”, the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) concluded that “carbonated soft drinks are the single largest source of calories in the American diet.”  Soft drinks have large amounts of sugar and the high calories that go along with it.  Drinking them daily as part of your regular diet could lead to an increased risk of both weight gain and diabetes.  Read here for more information from Consumer Reports regarding the link between diabetes and soft drinks.

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