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Taxing Fizzy Drinks: Enough to Curb Sugar Intake?

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So, I just read about the UK’s planned tax on fizzy drinks and it’s not a bad idea. Everyone knows sugar in big quantities leads to a host of health problems like obesity and type 2 diabetes so in a way it’s a poison. Why shouldn’t it be taxed?

But I feel it’s a half-measure. According to economists — so, in theory — if the price of fizzy drinks goes up by 10%, consumption will drop by 10-12%.

Coffee: Good or Bad?


I have been a coffee addict for most of my adult life.

As a college student, I often had my last cup of the day in bed, just before turning out the lights. In those days, the caffeine never prevented me from sleeping.

Then I went to graduate school, and the pressure of trying to keep up with studies and teaching left me perpetually sleep-deprived…and dependant on super-sized mugs of coffee. At some point I realized that coffee was more than a habit: it was my lifeblood.

How to Live to be a Hundred


The Greek island of Ikaria is one of the world’s “Blue Zones,” known for its centenarians, people who live past 100. What makes Ikarians live so long? A brief stay on the island this summer helped me uncover some clues…

I’m Not a Smoker, I’m a Vaper!


I am a 26-year-old smoker who has been smoking an average of one packet per day for the past eight years. I am also diabetic.

The Same Old Routine…


I believe each individual knows what’s best for him/her by instinct. We eat when we’re hungry, drink when we’re thirsty, and sleep when we’re tired or sick. Since my husband doesn’t disagree with this premise, we have been following the “We play it by ear!” approach with our first born. Until three days ago…

Spring Time…Planting Time!


Easter is over, the days are getting hotter, and I’ve gotten out my gardening gloves.

Each spring I entertain fantasies of feeding my family from my own vegetable garden. I dream of growing onions and asparagus and celery, of harvesting tomatoes and eggplants and peppers…