Consumption of beverages high in calories but poor in nutritional value is the number one source of added sugar and excess calories in the American diet.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) January 29, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters books and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is now lending its support to an idea to tax sugary beverages to help curb consumption of unhealthy drinks like soda pop.
As reported in the Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin on Monday, January 23, 2012 (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/food-and-nutrition-articles/read-this-before-you-drink-that-soda), scientists at the University of California, San Francisco, analyzed what the effect a nationwide tax on these sugary drinks would be.
Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin reports that, if a penny-per-ounce tax were slapped on sweetened beverages, it would prevent 240,000 cases of type 2 diabetes, nearly 100,000 cases of heart disease, 8,000 strokes, and 26,000 deaths every year. For the government, it would add $13.0 billion in direct tax revenue, while saving the public an incredible $17.0 billion per year in healthcare-related expenses.
Consumption of beverages high in calories but poor in nutritional value is the number one source of added sugar and excess calories in the American diet, says the Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article. Sugar-sweetened drinks have long been directly linked to weight gain and blood glucose issues.
In 2009, Americans drank 13.8 billion gallons of sugary beverages. The average person drank 45 gallons — which is 70,000 worth. A typical 22-ounce drink yields 17 teaspoons of sugar, says Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed reducing the intake of these beverages as one of its chief ways to prevent obesity back in 2009. Several states and cities, including California and New York City, are already considering the taxes looked at by the study.
According to Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, the study found that a tax on these beverages would reduce consumption by 10% to 15% over the course of a decade. The researchers took this figure and tested it in terms of reducing the burdens of diabetes, heart disease, and their associated healthcare costs.
(SOURCE: Wang, Y., et al., "A Penny-Per-Ounce Tax On Sugar- Sweetened Beverages Would Cut Health And Cost Burdens Of Diabetes," Health Affairs, Jan. 2012.)
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