Sunday Feed: Taxin' Junk Food Edition

Categories: Food News
In case you were to
o busy this Sunday to lounge around and thumb through the morning papers, we've taken a crack at culling some interesting stories. You're on your own for coffee though.

In The New York Times, Mark Bittman penned a provocative piece calling for a bad-food tax. Citing the well-documented problems of obesity and other health issues plaguing the nation, Bittman calls for a 2 cents per ounce soda tax, as well as other theoretical tariffs on doughnuts and french fries. Under his plan a sixer of coke would cost $1.44 more than it does now. The thought is the tax would drive down consumption of the sweets that are costing our nation a bundle.

The article touches all the hot-points, including how this tax would affect the poor, whose expenditures on junk foods are typically disproportionate to middle and wealthy America, and fantasizes about a nation where reduced corn and soybean subsidies create a land where seasonal greens, vegetables, whole grains, dried legumes and fruit are sold at drugstores, street corners, convenience stores, bodegas, supermarkets, liquor stores, schools, libraries and other community centers.

Bittman talks about the need to educate the public how to use these staples, but he neglects to comment on the average dual-income household's lack of time to turn raw staples into edible food. In this go-go-go age a quick sack of chips and a Coke may remain a favorite breakfast, even if it costs more.

In other news, the Times also celebrates National Tequila Day in their own quiet and more subtle way. That container of peach tequila may look good, but you'll find some interesting local infused booze later this week in the Observer.

In The Dallas Morning News the BBQ Posse lists its Texas favorites. I wonder what Aters think of the list. Anything missing?

And the DMN's arts section also describes "Made in Texas," an interesting art exhibit coming to the Dallas Contemporary.  According to the exhibit website ...

Made In Texas will make visible the human labor that is most often hidden inside the kitchens, factories and warehouses of Texan businesses. On each of 7 large platforms, a living scene taken directly from a factory, workshop or enterprise in the Dallas/Fort Worth area will be taking place -- assembling tamales, stretching queso Oaxaca, cooking salsa, pressing linens, polishing silverware/plates, and arranging flowers.
Neither announcement tells us if a chef or other food professional is responsible for the edible display. I wonder how much time you have to spend pontificating on the meaning of a honey glazed rib before you can eat it.

So what do Aters think of paying more for sugary cola, and hard-boiled eggs by the thousands becoming art? Let us know in the comments.

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Thesetwo food additives are largest cause in weight and heart problems

 HighFructose Corn Syrup  (HFCS)a non natural processedfood additive that is a huge problem in weight control.  It has been shown in a university of Pennsylvaniastudy to cause weight gain.  They testedrats and found that an equivalent amount of calories in regular sugar a vrsHFCS show that rats gains weight twice as fast on HFCS.  Additionally the rats did not feel satiatedafter the HFSC like they would with sugar and they continued to eatexcessively.    The University of Pennstudy was attacked by the corn syrup industry and the industry is now askingthe FDA to change their name in labels from HSFC to corn sugar to hide the factthat they are placing this garbage in our foods.  When shopping for groceries it is hard tofind any product that does not contain HFCS. Americans on average consume 35 pounds of HFCS a year.  Coke and most other sodas use HFCS.  As a matter of fact Coke did a fast switchwhen they went from old Coke to new Coke and back to old coke.    Itnever tasted the same because the switched sugar for HFSC. 

Asecond additive is called partially hydrogenated oils.  Crisco is one of the biggest producers whostarted it since the oil does not spoil like natural oils.   This Frankensteinoil is created by taking regular oil and adds some hydrogen atoms to createsomething that the human body/nature has never seen.  It is directly linked to heart attacks sinceit is known to cause inflammation and thus cholesterol buildup in thearteries.   This stuff is in virtuallyevery food product that we consume since it does not spoil (because microbescan’t easily consume it) and is hard to get away from.   It hasalso been shown to cause insulin resistance i.e. contribute to diabetes.    Theindustry got a break from the FDA when they can claim 0% Transfats the labels ifit is less than 5 grams of Transfats (partially hydrogenated oil) perserving.   So this industry reduced theserving size so they can meet the 5% cutoff. 

Thesetwo unnatural man made food additives are everywhere in our diet and that iswhy so many of us are getting fatter and are suffering from massive amount ofheart disease.   The FDA will not doanything about it since they are a captured agency and if they try then mouthpieces for the industry will call the FDA dictators or food führers of our diet or scream theyare taking away our freedom.  Actuallythe FDA would be taking toxic agents out of our diets which is what the FDA wascreated to do.


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I like the idea of taxing the sugary and fattening items.  Let's help get ourselves healthy, help our state and federal coffers, and reduce insurance costs.

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