Thursday, November 6, 2014

First City In The U.S. To Tax Soda!

So I think it's ironic that last week, 

I blogged about a tax on soda, (read it here)


Berkley, CA passed a tax on sugary beverages, 

despite the generous amount of money the American Beverage Association used to try to defeat it.

This is the first U.S. City to pass this tax.

Is this good or bad?!

Well, considering soda is the #1 consumable item that makes up added sugar in our 
western diet, it may be the pebble needed for a health revolution ripple.

Ahead of his time, Dean of Duke University's school of public policy, Kelly Brownell 
proposed a soda tax in the early 90s. He stated that half the costs of diabetes and obesity are born by taxpayers, through the government health insurance programs Medicare and Medicaid. Those public costs "justify the government getting involved, just like tobacco taxes," he said.


When I say "ADDED SUGAR"  what does that mean to you? In my mind, it is a silent killer, and I don't think that people really understand, or even REALIZE the outcomes of over-consuming sugar, which is why I write this stuff. (Read the effects of sugar consumption here.) I know all of this, but I want YOU, my readers, to benefit. I am NOT pointing fingers or trying to make anyone feel bad about their health choices, but it is, in fact a CHOICE.
The greater the awareness I can spread, the better YOU are going to feel.

So, just for fun, I decided to do some math this morning, because, who doesn't love math?!
I calculated the % daily recommended allowance for sugar in 2 products for men, women, and children. (since the nutrition labels of foods NEVER contain the % daily for added sugar..)


Men: 50%
Women: 90%
Children: 150%

1 12 oz can of Coca-Cola

Men: 108%
Women: 130%
Children: 325%

If you haven't, please take a look at my sugar challenge. Then let me know what YOU think.
Questions, comments, suggestions, & feedback is ALWAYS welcome!  (:

Have a HAPPY, Beautiful day! 


  1. I think this is Awesome! and really hope other cities will follow Mexico and Berkley's lead. If people's unlimited intake of sugar and subsequent metabolic disease is going to cost a fortune in unnecessary healthcare, then collecting a small tax to help pay for it is a great idea.


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