In Bittman's article, "Bad Food? Tax It, and Subsidize Vegetables," he thoughtfully suggests slapping a tax on unhealthy foods like fries, soda, and hyperprocessed snacks to reduce the consumption of these SAD foods and generate billions of dollars annually to be used to subsidize buying healthy foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains etc.
According to the article, "If we increase the price of sugary drinks nationally by 20%, it would lead to a 20% decrease in consumption, which in the next decade could prevent about 1,500,000 Americans from becoming obese, and 400, 000 cases of diabetes, saving about $30,000,000,000!"
Bill Marsh/The New York Times
Sources: Beverage Marketing Corporation; Advertising Age
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Tatiana Ridley, CHHC, AADP