WASHINGTON — The dilemma at the vending machine: choosing something calorie laden that instantly hits the spot or something nutritious that we won’t regret later.
Decisions, decisions …
But if one costs more than the other does that influence what we end up digging in to?
Perhaps, and this is why in some areas, so called sin taxes have been added to certain food and drink products.
“These are taxes placed on foods and beverages considered by many experts to be less healthy for us,” Sally Squires, who writes the Lean Plate Club™ blog. told WTOP.
This approach has been tried by some 13 countries or cities, according to the journal Health Policy.
In Denmark, lawmakers put a tax on foods with saturated fat, although that has now been repealed. In Cook County, Illinois, which includes Chicago, a sugar-sweetened beverage tax came into force, although it, too, was quickly rescinded.