Wednesday, October 05, 2011
The BBC reports that Denmark has introduced what is believed to be the world's first fat tax—a surcharge on foods that are high in saturated fat. Butter, milk, cheese, pizza, meat, oil, and processed food are now subject to the tax if they contain more than 2.3% saturated fat. Danish officials say they hope the new tax will help limit the population's intake of fatty foods. However, some scientists think saturated fat may be the wrong target. They say salt, sugar, and refined carbohydrates are more detrimental to health and should be tackled instead.
Posted by Neal Fortin at 5:51 PM