Debate: Should there be a tax on foods high in saturated fats?
October 3rd, 2011
05:25 PM ET

Debate: Should there be a tax on foods high in saturated fats?

By Jack Cafferty, CNN

Hold that cheeseburger. Across the pond in Europe, Denmark is becoming the first country in the world to impose a so-called fat tax on foods high in saturated fats. That includes everything from cheeseburgers and pizza to butter, milk, cheese and oils. Many Danes stocked up on these yummy groceries before the tax went into effect his weekend. How much the "fat tax" is depends on how much saturated fat is in any given food, but it comes out to about $3 for every 2 pounds of saturated fat. Officials say the goal is to increase the average life expectancy in Denmark, since saturated fats can cause heart disease and cancer. FULL POST

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