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    Should there be a tax on foods high in saturated fats? FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
    Hold that cheeseburger.
    Across the pond in Europe, Denmark is becoming the first country in the world to impose a so-called fat tax on foods high in saturated fats.
    That includes everything from cheeseburgers and pizza to butter, milk, cheese and oils. Many Danes stocked up on these yummy groceries before the tax went into effect his weekend.
    How much the "fat tax" is depends on how much saturated fat is in any given food, but it comes out to about $3 for every 2 pounds of saturated fat.
    Officials say the goal is to increase the average life expectancy in Denmark, since saturated fats can cause heart disease and cancer.
    Denmark has been a leading country when it comes to tougher policies on unhealthy foods. They have higher taxes on sodas, cigarettes and alcohol beyond what's required by the European Union. And they've increased taxes on ice cream, chocolate and sweets by a whopping 25%. Also, it's illegal for any food to have more than 2% trans fats.
    Do you think U.S./Canada should impose this as well, something similar, or not at all?
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    There are extra taxes on cigarettes and booze. I think this would be a good idea. Especially if they lower the prices on fresh foods.

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    No. Imposing more taxes to pay for our gov'ts bad decisions under the guise of my well being is stupid. Cigarettes and booze are not necessary for life. Food is, regardless of whether it comes from a vaccum sealed bag or off a tree. I would love to see more help go to farmers so healthy foods are less money and more people can then afford them. But just making unhealthy food more expenisive, will just make more people go hungry.

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    Oh heck no! Other "sin taxes" impact the user - fat is necessary for human life! Don't penalize my healthy family for our healthy and moderate consumption of healthy fats!

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    I think it is a great idea! The tax is only on foods of a certain fat percentage or higher so it wouldn’t affect the healthier foods with moderate fat. I think that those of us who choose to partake in things (smoking, alcohol, junk food) that will cause more health issues should make a higher contribution in taxes. Maybe this will help offset the costs that we will cause for healthcare later in life. I also think that healthy things shouldn’t have any taxes and should be reasonably priced. We need to make it easier to eat and act in healthy ways.
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    Cheese is healthy. Eggs are healthy. Peanuts are healthy. Overeating and not exercising are not healthy. Kids brains need fat. How any parent could be for this is beyond me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Potter75 View Post
    Cheese is healthy. Eggs are healthy. Peanuts are healthy. Overeating and not exercising are not healthy. Kids brains need fat. How any parent could be for this is beyond me.
    Yes all of those things are healthy and they may be above the limit. The tax is on things with higher than 2.3% saturated fats. Eggs and peanuts have fat but much of it isn't saturated. Cheese will definitely be taxed higher. But maybe it will encourage people to eat less cheese or low fat cheese as many will over do it and just eat lots and lots of cheese (guilty here!).

    The target of this tax isn't people like you who eat healthy fats but those who live on junk foods. The amount of unhealthy fats I see consumed by the children around me is terrible! If those parents had to pay more to feed their kids junk then maybe they might choose something healthy more often.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fuchsiasky View Post
    Yes all of those things are healthy and they may be above the limit. The tax is on things with higher than 2.3% saturated fats. Eggs and peanuts have fat but much of it isn't saturated. Cheese will definitely be taxed higher. But maybe it will encourage people to eat less cheese or low fat cheese as many will over do it and just eat lots and lots of cheese (guilty here!).

    The target of this tax isn't people like you who eat healthy fats but those who live on junk foods. The amount of unhealthy fats I see consumed by the children around me is terrible! If those parents had to pay more to feed their kids junk then maybe they might choose something healthy more often.
    Regardless of who you think that "target" is, of course this will affect me. We consume those foods on a daily basis. Parents already do pay more to feed their kids junk food ~ (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/25/op...pagewanted=all) ~ and we as a nation are fatter than ever. At some point we are going to have to learn that stigmatizing whole foods has done NOTHING to increase our health as a nation.

    I'd also rather brillo off my taste buds than ingest low fat cheese.
    I would fight rabidly against a tax such as this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Potter75 View Post
    Oh heck no! Other "sin taxes" impact the user - fat is necessary for human life! Don't penalize my healthy family for our healthy and moderate consumption of healthy fats!
    Exactly. And frankly, squeeze any more tax out of me and this well will run dry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fuchsiasky View Post
    I think it is a great idea! The tax is only on foods of a certain fat percentage or higher so it wouldn’t affect the healthier foods with moderate fat. I think that those of us who choose to partake in things (smoking, alcohol, junk food) that will cause more health issues should make a higher contribution in taxes. Maybe this will help offset the costs that we will cause for healthcare later in life. I also think that healthy things shouldn’t have any taxes and should be reasonably priced. We need to make it easier to eat and act in healthy ways.
    But why do you get to decide what sin is and should be taxable? It bothers you to see kids eating fatty foods, so you think it's ok to tax it?

    Um, ok.
    It bothers me when women wear short shorts and thier thong straps show. Tax It!
    Homophobes bother me. Tax 'Em!
    White men who dance badly and do the overbite face while dancign badly. Tax 'Em.
    Republicans. Tax 'em!
    Racists. Tax 'Em.
    Stupid email forwards. Tax It!

    Hmmm, maybe you are on to something here.

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