April 4 2016

KQED – San Francisco, Oakland Working to Put Soda Tax Before Voters

Top View of Cola and Ice in White Cup

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.”

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Click here to learn about what The California Endowment is doing to discourage soda consumption and increase water consumption.


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