Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Three Sodas a Week = Six Pounds of Fat a Year

I'm not sure a tax is the way to go, but I know education can help. Want to know more? Learn more by reading Omnivore's Dilemma

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Heather Houlahan said...

So why do you reckon Dr. Charisma dropped the ball on fingering high-fructose corn syrup in this little ad?

He's basically right, but it bugged me that he kept referencing "sugar" sweetened drinks, when the sugar was taken out back in the early 80's, and as Pollan stresses, there may be something about the HFCS that is even worse than regular old sugar.

FWIW, I think that the beverage industry would find ingenious ways to sleeze around such a tax with "new" sweeteners.

Or just push the chemical slop called "diet" soda, which has its own health consequences -- including obesity.

PBurns said...

So far as I can tell (and as far as the soda folks can tell), sugar is sugar and corn sugar is not worse (or better) that cane sugar. In fact the price of cane sugar in the U.S. is tied to the price of corn sugar just so the soda folks can switch seamlessly between the two.

As for the NY Commissioner on Health, his job is to support his Governor's health iniative, not to make new policy in the agricultural sector. To tell the truth, this is VERY cutting edge for a public official. When was the last time you saw ANYONE in government pitching their initiative on Youtube. And it worked too -- I have posted this, as have quite a few others.