October 19, 2009, - 3:35 pm
Men’s Health editor David Zinczenko says, “Hey, Let’s Tax Calories.” The dude wants to tax high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
Dave Zinczenko: Men’s Health Editor Wants to Tax Calories, But Not Tasteless PDA Photos
But the marketplace has decided: they want HFCS. I personally try to stay away from it and most heavily sugared (any kind of sugar) foods and drinks. But most people like them. Otherwise, HFCS-free foods and drinks (of which there are plenty) would be more popular and companies would move toward that ingredient trend.
Remember the Olympics and all the stories we saw on Michael Phelps’ 11,000-plus calorie per day diet? You think he eschews HFCS syrup on his pancakes? Please. Let’s tax him, right? Also, this dumb proposed tax (that will never happen) will hit poor people the hardest, since they’ll have to pay the passed-through taxes on everything from ketchup to soft drinks to soft-serve ice cream at fast food outlets, all of which contain HFCS.
Zinczenko claims that HFCS is what’s making Americans fat and, therefore, less healthy. Really? What about computers and TV? Sitting around all day on the computer or watching TV makes people fat, too. So does watching DVDs. Maybe we should tax these industries and their customers. Sitting around reading Men’s Health makes you fat, too. Time for a new magazine tax.
The bottom line is that it’s about self-control and personal responsibility, NOT ingredients, products, and more Big Brother government nosiness by nanny state health freaks. I like to eat healthfully and work out, but it’s nobody’s business if I didn’t.
Ya know what I’d like to tax? The unnecessary words, faux indignation, and stupid ideas of self-important magazine editors who don’t seem to get why their readership is dropping precipitously.
Zinczenko, the author of “Eat This Not That! 2010: The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution” and “The Abs Diet 6-Minute Meals for 6-Pack Abs: More Than 150 Great-Tasting Recipes to Melt Away Fat!,” is also editorial director of Women’s Health magazine. Which makes me think about canceling my subscription.
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