Soda Taxes, Unhealthy School Menus

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Taxing sodas, pizza, movie popcorn won't solve weight issues....

So the recent political solution these days for solving weight-related issues includes a special taxation on soda, pizza and other targeted 'bad foods'.

By the way, pizza contains all of the food groups housed underneath the official food pyramid when topped with one protein and pineapple.

'Why soda?' 'Why pizza?'

After all, anyone who knows anything about nutrition knows how ignorant this so-called solution for obesity is OR is this yet another tactic to rake-in more of our hard-earned cash to solve our politicians spending glut?

Let's look at the ignorance involved in this proposition for tackling obesity and weight gain by viewing the official facts.

How Weight Gain Occurs

Weight gain occurs when an individual consumes more energy (calories) than their body needs. Excess energy (calories) is stored in the fat cells.

Even the calories consumed from HEALTHY foods such as fresh vegetables and fruit will trigger weight gain if calorie intake excess calorie needs. So let's not stop at soda, Mister & Ms Politicians.

You'll need to go a step further by enforcing a special tax on every darn thing we eat.

The Sugar Impact on Body Weight

Although sugar can be high in calories, foods containing significant fat grams such as butter, healthy olive oil, fried foods, and bakery items present MORE of a health risk than sugar.

Sodium & Weight Gain

Fact is, excess sodium intake also presents more health risks to the body than a soda and we-Americans typically consume several times over the amount of sodium our bodies require (about 1 teaspoon per day).

Energy Distribution, the Caloric Burn

There is a false conception that when calories are decreased in one area, weight loss will ensue. But the body is much smarter than most give it credit for as it's constantly balancing our energy intake to achieve a fairly balanced weight - our set point.

We need look no further than in individuals who are currently overweight who opt for diet soda.

For those that switch, there is rarely a decrease in weight. The body makes-up the calories in other areas of the diet, at times the individual feeling as if they can eat more of another thing because they have cut-out soda calories.

For permanent weight loss, an individual who is moderately overweight must do much more than make a few changes to their daily diet and activity routine.

What will be the next food to experience a special tax? Eggs - they're notorious when it comes to cholesterol content, and that's no yolk.

While we're at it - let's get the REAL TRUTH involving sodas and school lunches. Below are the menus from local elementary schools.

Grilled cheese sandwiches? Nachos supreme? Pizza? Cheeseburgers? Hot Pockets? Pigs in Blankets? Cheese enchiladas? And we're worried about soda consumption? At least the sodas are fat free.

Some of the school lunch menus below have the potential to contain 800 or more calories and a plethora of fat grams.

Because kids are basically confined to a desk chair all day, as well as to a desk chair after school ends due to being overloaded with homework, is it any wonder that the rate of childhood obesity has shot to the moon? This isn't rocket science.

Example of School Menu

The So-Called Healthy School Menus - NOT!

Monday: Pizza, veggies with dip, tossed salad, fruit

Tuesday: Nachos supreme, beans and rice, tossed salad, fruit

Wednesday: Grilled cheese sandwich, tomato soup, veggies with dip, fruit

Thursday: Chicken nuggets and Texas toast, mashed potatoes with gravy, steamed broccoli and carrots, fruit

Friday: Hamburger or cheeseburger, baked fries, lettuce, tomato, and pickle, gelatin with fruit

Monday: Cheese sticks with sauce or Hot Pocket, macaroni and cheese, green beans, veggies with dip, fruit, pudding

Tuesday: Taco bowl or crispito, Ranch Style Beans, corn-drop biscuit, veggies with dip, fruit and fruit fluff

Wednesday: Hot pocket or honey BBQ chicken wings, baked tater tots, baked beans, Texas toast, veggies with dip, fruit, pudding

Thursday: Chicken fried steak with gravy or popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, peas and carrots, tossed salad, fresh baked roll, fruit

Friday: Burrito or steak fingers with gravy, corn, tossed salad, Texas toast, applesauce, fruit and fruit fluff

Monday: Chicken strips, baked potato wedges, glazed carrots, hot roll, pudding

Tuesday: Fiesta stack, meat sauce, rice, chips, cheese, lettuce, tomato, beans, hot sauce, muffin

Wednesday: Pig in a blanket, macaroni and cheese, green beans, fruit gumbo

Thursday: Cheese enchiladas, Spanish rice, beans, fruit cup

Friday: Pizza, tossed salad, golden corn, frozen fruit cup


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