I’m going to take an unpopular stance and say that too much soda is just evil. (you know I'm right).
I'm not saying it's not totally delicious. Give me a Dr. Brown's Cream right now or a root beer float, oh boy.
However, it is best in moderation and as a nation we don’t seem to be able to do anything in moderation.
This sugary-soda tax idea ( New York Health Official Calls for Tax on Drinks With Sugar, by ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS, April 8, 2009 ) might put the onus on the state to help those that use soda as their only source of hydration to think twice about doing so by placing a tax on sugared sodas.
From the New York Times: Dr. Frieden and Dr. Brownell, director of Yale’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, say that based on experience with tobacco taxes, a soda tax would be “highly effective” in reducing the $79 billion in annual health care costs associated with obesity and overweight across the country.
They argue that an excise tax would be more effective than a traditional sales tax and provide an incentive to buy less soda. The article says that since the mid-1990s, children have been drinking more beverages containing sugar than they do milk.
“Diet-related diseases also cost society in terms of decreased work productivity, increased absenteeism, poorer school performance and reduced fitness on the part of military recruits,” it adds.
In a recent interview, Dr. Frieden said that the Bloomberg administration had tried to combat obesity through calorie labeling, banning trans fats and serving 1 percent milk in school cafeterias.
But, he said, “Soda is the big one.”