The Tribune Editorial Board missed the point in refuting state Sen. Bill Monnings soda tax bill (SB 622). This legislation could have a definite positive impact on Californias obesity crisis.
Liquid sugar is the worst culprit in the battle against obesity. More than 40 percent of the additional calories we have been consuming come from sugary drinks. Thats enough to explain the obesity epidemic.
For 150,000 years, we quenched our thirst with water. Thats what our bodies expect. When we add 15 teaspoons of sugar, as we do when we drink a soda, we override our long-evolved system.
The sugar causes the pancreas and liver to overwork. The pancreas poops out. Diabetes follows with risks of amputation, blindness, dialysis, heart attacks and strokes.
The liver turns the sugar into unhealthy fats, some of which clog up the hearts arteries causing heart attacks.
Thats why the American Heart Association reaffirmed its support for soda taxes: Mexicos effort provides an excellent starting point, but we need U.S. states and communities to enact the tax as well.