Share of Cost, Health Benefits By Taxing Unhealthy Foods
Substantial health benefits could be achieved by implementing taxes on sugary drinks and foods high in saturated fats, as well as subsidizing fruit and vegetables. According to researchers, the foods that should be taxed are those which pose serious health risks to the general public. Soft drinks are known to increase blood pressure and can cause obesity. Foods high in saturated fat increase a person’s levels of bad cholesterol which increases their risk of developing serious life threatening conditions such as atherosclerosis, stroke and even heart attack.