Jane Brody writes in the New York Times’ online edition, April 5, 2010:
“How sweet it is! The American diet, that is.
A number of scientific studies have found that the amount of sugar we consume is a major factor in how big Americans have become. In the last half-century, consumption of sugars by the average American has increased by more than 24 pounds a year, expanding waistlines and crowding out more nutritious foods.
Furthermore, the studies indicate that the main dietary culprit for both the increase in sugar and the weight of Americans has been the ever-growing consumption of sugary drinks, especially soda. These soft drinks contribute 7 percent of the calories Americans consume, making them the leading source of added sugar and the single largest source of calories in our diet.”
And, the Times is reporting, that to combat it, New York State, among others, is considering imposing a tax of about one penny per ounce! Read the whole story here: A Tax to Combat America’s Sugary Diet
How utterly unnecessary — both the excess sugar and the tax. This is a simple one, folks: get your sugars naturally in the form of whole fruits and fruit juice. You won’t find anything sweeter or tastier on the planet than real, whole fruit!