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April 2011
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Curbing Junk Food Ingestion: Tax It

Think about the last time you went grocery shopping. Where did you spend most of your time? In the aisles? Or along the perimeter?

The fresh stuff, the produce, seafood, meat and dairy cases line the outside of the store, while the prepackaged stuff crowds the middle. That pre-packaged, read-to-eat (or almost ready-to-eat) stuff is really junk food and filled with chemicals, preservatives, salts, sugars, fats, etc.

Unfortunately the middle rows, the pre-packaged foods have been cheaper than the perimeter, fresh foods. And some people opt for salt-laden, fat-heavy, fast food meals because they may be even cheaper, and more importantly are quick.

But that may change. Certain ingredients known to cause health issues may have a tax added to them. For instance, trans fats, cheap to produce but are associated with raised levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol (higher levels of LDL cholesterol). Taxes may also be added to foods that have higher than recommended levels of fats and sugars, as reported by Postmedia.

While I am a perimeter shopper I do have to venture in to the middle sometimes for my staples. Olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Organic Peanut and almond Butter. Pure maple syrup. Oatmeal. Dried fruit. Baking ingredients. And it’s ok to eat junk food, just remember to do so in moderation. And I do try and avoid fast food meals. It takes less time to throw a salad together in the morning than drive to a McDonald’s at lunch.



Comment from Sasha
Time April 30, 2011 at 7:28 pm

A National Food Strategy:

Comment from Christina Carabini
Time May 27, 2011 at 11:47 pm

…Trans fats are vegetable oils that have been chemically altered by a process called hydrogenation. Fast foods while convenient and inexpensive often have very high levels of all three of these cardiac risk factors.. Fast food meals do not always have to be unhealthy but without choosing your fast food wisely you can put yourself at risk.