Soda tax. Less soda = more health

I applaud Richmond City for adding a measure to tax soda to their ballot. I hope that it will pass and that other cities, and states will follow their lead.

The one penny per ounce tax will raise money for the city. Another benefit may be that the additional cost may deter people from drinking soda when it becomes more expensive.

Soda may taste good to some people, but behind the taste are some nasty ingredients that are not good for health.

1. Sugar – this substance is harmful to health. A good way to cut back on sugar is to eliminate sodas. I have heard that there are 10 teaspoons of sugar in a 12 oz can of coke. This is more than the total daily amount recommended by the American Heart Association.

2. Artificial sweeteners – diet sodas contain artificial sweeteners, but they can change your palate for sugar, maintaining your taste for extra sweetness in your food and drink.

3. Salt

4. Artificial flavorings – who knows what these chemicals are or what they do to our health

So thank you Richmond City for leading the way in keeping us healthy and happy.

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