Should There Be a Tax On Sugary Sodas?

Should There Be a Tax On Sugary Sodas?In a recent Juvenon blog, we discussed the health dangers of simple carbohydrates and in particular sugary sodas and sweet treats. Indeed, sugar consumption is a hot button issue across the country, as some cities and states are seeking to legislate limits.

Not too long ago, Mayor Bloomberg led a campaign to outlaw large sugary drinks in New York City. His efforts ultimately failed, but it did help to spur some interesting research, which was published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. The study explored how taxes might be used to help cut sugary soda consumption. And unlike Bloomberg’s plan, the study focused on the calories per serving rather than the size.

Across the country, in California Harold Goldstein, executive director of the California Center for Public Health was recently quoted in a New York Times article: “From a public health point of view, it makes a lot of sense to tax the sugar, which is the most harmful part of these drinks. “We want to shift consumers from drinking more sugar to drinking less, so taxing beverages with more sugar makes more sense.”

According to the Huffington Post, most Americans oppose any kind of sugary beverage tax. What do you think? Should state lawmakers work to legislate taxes on high sugar beverages that are surely contributing to our national obesity epidemic?