New soda tax proposal pops up in Congress

New soda tax proposal pops up in Congress

A Connecticut congresswoman says she’ll introduce legislation shortly to tax sweet beverages.

The latest politician hoping to take a big gulp out of sales of beverages with added sugar introduced tax legislation. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT 3rd District) told the audience at the National Soda Summit in D.C., that she’s ready for a bitter battle over the sweet beverages, according to The summit was organized by The Center for Science in the Public Interest.

“It is long past time that we pass and support policies that work toward better health instead,” she says in the video, which you can view on “With that in mind, I am working on legislation right now to tax sugar sweetened drinks like sodas in a way that reflects the serious damage they are doing to our health.”

In the video, DeLauro blames sugar as one of the main causes of obesity in the U.S. The American Heart Association recommends no more than six teaspoons of sugar per day for women and no more than nine teaspoons per day for men, she says, yet the national average is 23 teaspoons per day. Such high sugar intake could lead to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and gout, among other ailments, she says in the video.

“Added sugar is pervasive,” she says, “and almost inescapable at the supermarket.”

The release from her office can be found here.

A tax on beverages with added sugar would certainly be sweet news for suppliers of stevia, monk fruit and polyols.

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