KQED – San Francisco, Oakland Working to Put Soda Tax Before Voters
Sugary drinks — sodas, energy drinks and fruit-flavored beverages — are the number one source of added sugar in the American diet. A 12-ounce can of Coke, for example, has more than nine teaspoons of added sugar. Health advocates argue that these beverages and their so-called empty calories put people at higher risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity. “So taxing soda to raise a lot of money to solve this problem is it,” says Goldstein. “They are a product that should be taxed so you have the revenue to solve the problem that they are causing.”
Click here to learn about what The California Endowment is doing to discourage soda consumption and increase water consumption.