Denmark taxes fatty foods

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DENMARK (BDCi) – Denmark has announced that it will be the first country to have a surcharge on foods with high levels of saturated fat, reports BBC.

If processed foods like butter, cheese and pizza have more than 2.3% saturated fat, they are subject to the new fat tax.

While Danish officials hope to limit their population’s consumption of fatty foods others are suggesting Danes will venture abroad to do their shopping. Some consumers are already hoarding as a way to counter the price rise and others are calling the tax a “bureaucratic nightmare.”

Despite the Danes’ new tax some scientists say targeting saturated fat may not be the way to go; salt, sugar and refined carbs are apparently more unhealthy and should be the target instead.

By: Diego Díaz
Source: BBC
3 October 2011
11:19 a.m. P.D.T.

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