Soda Tax in New York

OK, I guess I could smile, but it’s a dilemma.

You see, I’m a non soda drinking libertarian.  Personally I don’t give a hoot how much tax New Yorkers have to pay for a can of soda if Gov. Paterson has his way, and imposes a new 18% tax on sugary drinks.  Thing is, though I do.

I’ve never thought that taxation is the way to change people’s habits. Look at the UK, for example, Gas tax there is over 80% and yet Great Britain has some of the most crowded roads in the world in parts.

More to the point, I don’t think Government should be interfering and manipulating our lives in this kind of way.

Like I said I don’t drink soda. I don’t like the taste of them, they’re way to sweet for my liking, I don’t like the nasty after taste of diet drinks, and I don’t really want to put a can or bottle full of chemical junk down my throat on a regular basis.

That’s another thing. Gov. Paterson wants to except diet soda. Why? Those chemical sweeteners in diet drinks are possibly just as harmful as the processed sugar (usually the ubiquitous HFCS) that it’s replacing. Who knows for sure. The jury is still out on that one.

Myself, I think the way forward is education. If the media can persuade folks to drink more good old water, which is, in this part of the world, almost free, and plentiful and easy to obtain from the faucet, a whole host of medical issues will disappear too.

On a hot summers day, when your throat is dry, and you’re sweating hard, there’s nothing whatsoever to beat it’s thirst quenching properties, and your body will love you for it too, and you’ll avoid Governor Paterson’s Soda Tax.

(So you don’t live in NY state? Rest assured, if Gov. Paterson’s proposal is accepted and raises enough revenue, it’ll soon be adopted around the nation!)

High Fructose Corn Syrup

It’s all over the place. It’s ubiquitous in the American diet. It makes huge profits for the companies that produce it, and it’s around 6 times sweeter than natural sugar.

However, if eating something sweet leaves you feeling bloated and yucky, check the label on what you’ve eaten.

It could be that darn HFCS.

Like we said it’s found all over the place. It’s in soda, salad dressings, cereals, and other sweet desserts. What happens is this. Apart from it being empty calories that do you no use at all, except help to make you fat, it doesn’t always get digested properly by the body, and then it gets attacked by the bacteria that occur naturally in your gut. This can lead to excessive gas, and even diarhea.

A recent survey found it to be quite common. The best way to check if it’s what’s making you feel full, and your family and friends think you’re anti-social, is to quit eating and drinking anything with HFCS in for a week. If those symptoms stop, you’ve possibly cracked it.

Of course, if your symptoms continue, they whisk yourself off to a doctor. We’d always advocate you do this if you’re ever worried about your health. TGFC doesn’t pretend to be any kind of substitute for professional medical advice – ever.