The move to pass a tax on sugary drinks in Berkeley, California, illustrates exactly how far elected officials will go to add more money to their coffers. On the ballot this fall, residents have the option to add a one cent per ounce tax onto sugary drinks such as soda, iced teas and energy drinks. A typical 20 ounce bottle of soda, for instance, would cost consumers like Jared Haftel an extra 20 cents as tax.
Supporters of the tax claim that an added tax would be an incentive for people to cut down on these drinks. With words like diabetes and heart disease hovering over our heads, they want to make the case that the citizens of Berkeley will be better off and healthier with this tax added on.
We say this has nothing to do with the well-being of citizens and everything to do with greed for more money. The added tax has not been specifically allocated, meaning it could very well just line the politician’s pockets. It’s not up to the government to dictate what we eat or drink.
If you want to learn more, check out this video that gives both sides of the soda tax debate.
Think there’s too much litigation in your state? Feel like the local lawmakers are really making a mockery of civil justice? Well, at least you don’t live in these places, with some of the most ridiculous food laws you’ll ever hear about:
Ohio has a law on the books that says it’s illegal to eat a doughnut while walking backwards. Yup. So don’t do that, or you’ll be going to jail.
In California you’re not allowed to eat an orange while you’re in the bathtub.
In Boston it’s illegal for anybody to eat peanuts while in church. That one I almost understand because it’s a disruptive practice. But it does seem oddly specific by only naming peanuts.
Gainsville, Florida has made it illegal for you to eat chicken with a fork. Have fun trying to consume that grilled chicken salad.
Singapore does not allow you to chew gum, unless prescribed by a doctor.
But the biggest, and most perplexing is in Alabama, where it’s illegal to throw salt on a railroad track. I get protecting the rails…but the punishment for this crime is death. Seems a bit harsh.
Making the decision to eat healthy on a daily basis is one that comes with a ton of rewards. Your body is going to love you, and Keith Mann has helped me to come up with 5 perfect examples that you’ll find in your life almost immediately:
- You actually eat a lot.
Dieting is all about portion control. But simply eating healthy you’re going to find that you actually consume a ton of food. Healthy meals tend to be pretty big, because things like vegetables and lean protein are pretty low in calories. So your snacks are bigger, you’ll need to eat more, and you can eat larger meals, that still fall within your calorie goals.
- Your energy is going to go through the roof.
With food that your body can more easily metabolize, your energy levels are going to go through the roof. It’s going to take a while to kick in, and the change will be a passive one, opposed to the burst you get from a caffeine high. However, you’ll take a loooot longer to fatigue.
- Trying new and diverse foods.
When you’re not eating healthy, you typically stick to your same boring food groups. You go to the same places, and you stick to the same things over and over again. But in the pursuit of eating healthy you explore many more options, and recipes to find new ways to make vegetables taste their best. Allowing you to explore more culinary exploits that your palette will thank you for.
- Portion control becomes second nature.
Healthy food tends to fill you up faster, because your body can use everything that you’re eating. So after a meal you feel full and satisfied. You’re not going for something else in a few hours, because your body has all the nutrients that you actually need.
- You’re going to look amazing.
Through the weight loss, you’re also going to find that your skin and hair will greatly improve. When you’re eating healthy, and getting all the proper nutrients and oils that you need, you’re going to literally glow. You’ll be amazed at the quality of every part of your body, and just how good your skin and hair will naturally look.