Posted by: 4pack | October 15, 2009

Obesity In America: A “Calorie-Added Tax” Will Redistribute High-Fructose Corn Syrup Subsidies To Pay For Health Care

THIS WAS A GREAT ARTICLE WHICH LOOKED AT THE PROCESSED FOOD INDUSTRY AND ITS SUBSIDIZATION BY THE US GOVERNMENT…TAX CALORIES DERIVED FROM HIGH-FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP….OUTSTANDING IDEA….

obesity tax(From USA Today article) Diabetes is a disease linked with obesity, and the main contributors to our rising obesity rate are twofold: Food manufacturers have increased portion sizes, and they’ve filled many of our favorite foods with empty calories, often with additives such as high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). From 1970 to 1990 alone, our intake of high-fructose corn syrup rose more than 1,000% per person, paralleling our skyrocketing rates of obesity.

 So let’s forget about a narrowly targeted soda tax for the moment. I propose something different: a calorie-added tax.

 Like the gas-guzzler tax, the calorie-added tax (CAT) kicks in whenever a food is produced using high-fructose corn syrup – aderivative of corn that’s many times sweeter than cane sugar. The corn syrup is used in so many products – from ketchup to soda to bread to candy to yogurt to cereal to Tater Tots– because it’s so cheap. And it’s so cheap because American taxpayers subsidize industrial corn growers, to the tune of nearly $5 billion a year. (Imagine how much we could do for our roads, bridges, schools and returning war veterans with that money.)

 If we can make the corn syrup less cheap, food manufacturers will stop trying to sneak it into so many of our foods. At the very least, it would diminish the incentive manufacturers now have to add the corn syrup to products that don’t need it, and allow companies that choose not to use the chemical to compete with the mainstream corn peddlers.

 This tax would make an enormous impact on America’s health, and pocketbook. In the forthcoming book The New American Diet, Men’s Health editor-at-large Stephen Perrine and journalist Heather Hurlock report on new research that shows how high-fructose corn syrup can negatively impact our bodies. It does so in two ways: First, it can inhibit your body’s ability to use leptin, the naturally occurring hormone that signals when you’re satiated. In some people, it can actually convince us that we’re starving, even when we’ve eaten our fill. (Imagine that: We’re spending $5 billion annually to trick our own minds into eating more.)

 Second, too much of this corn syrup can have dire consequences on your metabolic health. That’s because the sweetener is composed of 55% fructose. When consumed in excess, this type of sugar is readily converted to fat in your liver, and it has been shown to raise triglyceride levels and decrease insulin sensitivity – risk factors for heart disease and diabetes. Though fructose is just fine in small doses (it’s one of the natural sugars found in fruit), Americans are consuming it in higher doses than at any time in human history.

 http://www.usatoday.com/NEWS/usaedition/2009-10-14-column14_ST_U.htm?csp=34

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