Further to my recent rant about the stupid idea of taxing so-called "sugary" drinks in New York State to improve our health, here's support for what I've been saying about the difference between the roles of real sugar and the now ubiquitous high fructose corn syrup in our diet. This study explains why soft drinks have been around for over a century, but we didn't have an obesity epidemic until the last few decades.
If we have to have nanny-state type laws, let's at least aim them properly. And before we add to our tax burden with a new regressive tax, let's start off with consumer education. If people really want to consume HFCS (hah!), let them, but they should know that they're doing so.
I'd be quite happy to see all products containing HFCS required to have a big, bold warning on their label alerting consumers to the presence of that all-pervasive ingredient. When people become aware of how inescapable it's become, even in products where you'd never expect it, I think they'll vote with their dollars and manufacturers will begin to reform their recipes. Then we'll start to see labels and packages proclaiming "Made with REAL SUGAR!"
A few years after that happens, it won't surprise me if we pass single payer medical care, the Catholic church allows female priests and requires male clergy to marry, same-sex marriage becomes available nationally, the national Christmas tree is declared unconstitutional, evolution by natural selection is taught in every school, real bagels and lox becomes available in all major cities,, the U.S. rectifies its balance of payments by exporting AI robot butlers, we capture and try Osama Bin Laden, the U.S. wins the World Cup in soccer, and Ford, GM, and Chrysler introduce pollution-free flying cars.