So cardiologists in Britain have it all figured out. MacStatin! Yes. Just add a little packet of statins to your fast food and you can eat all the high calorie, low nutritive food you like and not get heart disease. Really?
Well, it doesn’t work that way. Cholesterol lowering agents will not protect you from a gluttonous diet. Hippocrates said…a long time ago…Let Food Be Your Medicine…NOT Let Medicine Be Your Food!
You are what you eat! It’s true.
So much fuss about rising health care costs in this country. Well, I have a really simple plan to CURE AMERICA…Tax Sugar.
Yes, I’m serious. If a heavy tax was levied on sugar then low nutritive junk food would be so expensive that we would be forced to eat highly nutritious natural foods. The Sugar Tax would be used to pay for health care….simple. And guess what? By eating better, many of our health problems would disappear!
Imagine candy bars behind bars! Locked up because candy is so expensive that grocers fear candy theft!
Imagine the check out at the grocery store lined with…apples! And oranges and pears and cherries and grapes! Yes, fruit for the pickin’—inexpensive, easily accessible, healthy. Because all highly nutritive foods would be cheap, in comparison to low nutritive foods…our divine right to eat healthy and if you so choose—a luxury to eat junk!
Oh, you’re worried about pesticides on the produce. Well, don’t! The Sugar Tax would be how we jump start the healing of our first world woes. A pyramid of taxes—with sugar at the base, followed by white flour, then a sliding tax scale based on nutritive value…the lower the nutritive value, the higher the tax on processed food…with a formidable exception…there will also be a tax on carbon footprint. The more energy it takes to get the food to market, the higher the tax—meaning it will save to eat local. The more natural foods would be the least expensive. Oh, and the pesticide covered produce—another level of taxes! No more feeding chickens and cows antibiotics and growth hormone, only completely organic foods, grown without pesticides and pharmaceuticals, with the lowest possible carbon footprint—will be not only the best food for us, but the least expensive!
Michele Obama is concerned that right now, the poor cannot afford to eat healthy foods. You can feed a family of four at McDonalds for $10…fresh produce, organic chicken, whole grains…are just too expensive. There is seriously something wrong with this system.
We can pay for all of our health care costs in this country without a “Cadillac Tax”, without socialized medicine, with free choice of health care providers, with insurance plans that favor healthy lifestyles…through the Sugar Tax!
So to begin: All forms of sugar would be taxed and all artificial sweeteners. Why? Because like sugar, artificial sweeteners increase insulin production leading to insulin resistance, diabetes and heart disease. Really it’s not the fat that makes us fat. It’s the sugar!
Over twenty years ago, we were told to eat less fat so we began consuming more sugar to replace the fat. We are fatter, have more diabetes and heart disease, more learning disabilities, cancer, and immune dysfunction than ever before.
Cardiologists blame cholesterol for heart disease. And conventional medicine has been blaming high fat diets for high cholesterol. Yet it’s really sugar that leads to high cholesterol production and the inflammation which is really the big killer.
Yes, there are other factors…toxicity from poisoning our environment but just wait…the Sugar Tax is just the beginning. We begin with taxing sugar, just like the tobacco tax…yes, I know, despite the tax, people still smoke…but much less and smoke free zones are more popular. Just one generation ago, smoking was posh and now…it’s frowned upon. You can still have sugar…you will just have to pay for the luxury. It will be a conscious choice to choose to indulge in unhealthy food rather than all you can afford.
Making healthy food cheap and fast food expensive, well….in just one generation, we will have cured at least half of our modern diseases…Really! It only took one generation of poorly fed young women…girls who grew up eating high sugar, highly processed, pesticide-drug laden, artificial foods…to bear a lot of sick children. Children suffering from learning disabilities, allergies, asthma, seizures, eczema, obesity, depression. We are what we eat!
We can eat out way to a healthy America! I believe other first world countries will follow our example. Aren’t we the leaders of the free world? So let us set the best example.
Let Food Be Our Medicine!