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If obesity is the issue of concern for the California Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee and the California Center for Public Health Advocacy (and it should be), there are alternate ways to address this health dilemma besides raising taxes on sodas. Based on my past experience, this increase in the cost of soda will not make an impact on food and beverage choices made by today's consumer What health professionals and advocates must do is support the many nutrition education programs already in place in schools and health care facilities. I have been a registered dietitian for over thirty years and I work with families and consult with the food and beverage industry. I attempt to correct nutrition misinformation in all areas of my work by not pointing at specific foods, beverages or ingredients as the cause for disease states such as obesity. I provide realistic and practical advice to help families live in a healthier manner such as encouraging lean meats, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, low fat dairy and consumption of non-nutrient dense foods like soda in moderation. Taxing soda is not fair to consumers who want the knowledge to make better food and beverages choices on their own terms.
Carol Sloan RD
April 26, 2011 at 12:21 p.m.
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