Wednesday, January 7, 2009

How Sweet it is.........NOT!!!

Will there be a tax on this iconic vintage Barbie?

In yet another liberal goofy idea to raise money APPOINTED New York Governor David Paterson has proposed a 15% (or 18% as reported on Nightline) tax on naturally sweetened sodas. This doesn't make sense. If the idea is a tax on obesity causing foods, Why pick on coke?

A 12-ounce cola = 150 calories

A Dunkin Donuts medium Mocha Spice Latte = 330 calories

A Starbuck’s Chai Latte, whole milk, Venti = 398 calories

A Seattle's Best medium Peppermint Mocha Trio = 460 calories

A 12-ounce eggnog = 514 calories

Well, maybe he can ask Caroline Kennedy to solve some of the state's budgetary shortfalls because this idea fails miserably. According to the latest New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Community Health Survey, about 1.66 million NYC adults drink one 12-ounce serving of sugar-sweetened soda per day. Even at a retail cost of $1 apiece, a 15-cent tax would raise about $249,000/day or $90.9 million/year — still leaving at the end of the year a $13.2 billion deficit.

New York Governor, David Paterson, is reported as proposing a 15% tax on sugar-sweetened sodas, calling it an obesity tax. That makes it sound like it has a noble intention of public health concerns over obesity, when, as the Financial Times noted, it’s really just a way to raise money to help address the state’s $13.3 billion deficit.

But even that’s pretty sorry math.

But the real health concern is who told him diet drinks are better? They are not.
Aspartame - Other Sweeteners
Many people want to know what other artificial sweeteners they can safely use instead of aspartame. My first recommendation is NOT to use any chemical sweeteners at all, but merely use natural sugars or learn to adjust to the natural sweetness of raw foods themselves.

I have provided a list of alternative artificial sweeteners available on the market today, even though I am not recommending their use over natural sweeteners. I do recommend them above aspartame, nonetheless, as their side effects are less harmful to human health.

The best thing to do is avoid all artificial and chemical sweetener substitutes. They have NO food value, trick the body into thinking it is eating something sweet, and they have by-products of harmful toxic side effects. And remember that aspartame was discovered as an ulcer drug, not a sweetener. Every diet drink you used to drink was a dose of medication .

Information on Aspartame and Other Chemical Sweeteners:

The Research
Scientific evidence strongly suggesting the chemical sweetener sucralose (Splenda) may harm your body. Perhaps there is no "free ticket" to eating all the sugar-free products you want without paying a high price physically – even weight gain!

Coke, it's the real thing!!!

© Janet Crain

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