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Fighting obesity by taxing sodas is causing sugar debates

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Currently there are more than thirty states that have placed a tax on soda sales. The reason for tacking on the added tax was an incentive to all to make an effort to help prevent childhood obesity.

According to a news release from the SF Gate on Dec. 2 the additional taxes are causing others to argue. Soda companies seem to be targeted and feel that other companies are also at fault for offering excessive sugary products to the public.

Right now some soda tax rates run as high as seven cents on the dollar for whereas there aren’t any additional taxes applied to cakes, cookies and candies. These other products contain just as much if not more sugar that a single can of soda. It is said that the fight to increase the tax on soda to eighteen cents on the dollar is being considered to deter parents from purchasing these sugar drinks to help curb children from consuming high sugar sodas.

Digestion has a lot to do with the body’s response to sugar. Some sugar stays in your system longer while other sugar products get absorbed instantly. Foods that contain high sugar such as candy, cookies and cakes with very sugary frosting can take hours to digest because it is a solid food. The body deals with the intact of sugar slowly. Plus, after eating a certain amount of sugary foods our bodies trigger a response that says you are full and you stop consuming additional solid sugary foods.

Soda on the other hand is liquid. Liquids have a different effect when ingested. Sodas contain not only glucose but also fructose. In small amounts these two sugars won’t do anyone much harm. In high does it can affect a person and cause further health problems.

Glucose by itself immediately enters ones bloodstream. When this occurs more insulin is produced by the body’s pancreas gland. Fructose on the other hand directly feeds into the liver organ. When this occurs more fat is created when the fracture breaks down.

Keeping children sugar-free is not healthy. Keeping children on a balanced diet with minimal sugar intake can help them live a healthy lifestyle and reduce medical issues from developing. It will also give them a head start on fighting obesity, lowering their blood sugar levels, keeping their blood pressure maintained and reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes.

Do you think adding additional taxes on sodas and high sugar products will help reduce obesity in children?

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