One Small Step…

Great News !

I am delighted to learn that our government has taken definite action to improve the health of our residents !

For many years, according to Statistics Canada, Newfoundlanders have been Canada’s ‘plumpest’ Canadians, with the highest rates of obesity, heart disease and diabetes. ( We are also Canada’s friendliest folks).

To combat our soaring healthcare costs ( healthcare is free to everyone), residents must soon pay a tax of twenty cents per litre on sugary drinks, such as Coke and Pepsi.

This is a wonderful first step to help educate the public how harmful refined sugar can be to our health.

I had an early education on the damaging effects of sugar.

My loving father never ate refined sugar. No cookies, cakes, etc. He was fit and slim throughout his long life.

It was conflicting for me, as my mom was a fabulous baker, but looking back now, I can see the wisdom in my father’s decision.

Refined sugar causes inflammation in the body. As such, it has been shown to aggravate many chronic diseases, such as arthritis, which many older adults gradually develop.

We are wise to limit refined sugar in our diets.

I am proud of our government.

Christ followers, who are aware of the body being a temple of the Holy Spirit, should be most aware of lovingly nourishing our precious bodies.

May we choose carefully what we eat and drink.

Photo courtesy of CBC NL

19 thoughts on “One Small Step…

  1. There is certainly nothing incorrect about your opinion. We do need to remain healthy and nourish ourselves properly. But the fact is that being rich or poor does impact the choices you make, this is glaringly obvious and backed by a significant amount of research concerning human behaviour. Refined sugar is addictive and addictions are a problem, again nothing wrong with what you are saying here.

    But to go from being so right on the health impact and need to do something to saying a tax on the beverages themselves is the solution is where I am drawing an issue. And you do not even address it in your reply. There is no evidence to support that taxation policies change behaviour but there is data to show that education and information does as well as incentivisation policy that encourage positive behaviour (why can’t we make healthier foods and drinks cheaper instead of making bad food and drinks more expensive, for example). You’ve correctly identified a problem, you’ve somewhat accurately explained why it is in the interest of society as a whole to do something about the problem but it all falls off of the rails in addressing the problem, especially with a new tax. And this is what makes the solution nothing more than a feel good move for rich, insulated people to sleep better at night on the backs of poorer people who will pay for this new tax.

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    1. It is always interesting to have an exchange of views.

      I am not sure where you are writing from.
      Here in NL – we have four health boards. These could easily be combined into one board which would hugely cut healthcare costs by millions, easily, but jobs would be lost.

      My husband, involved in Healthcare, has repeatedly made this suggestion to government officials.

      Instead of following his suggestion, our government decided to reduce health costs by taxing Coke and Pepsi….πŸ˜„ And yes, we both laughed loudly when we read this information released in our provincial budget yesterday. As I wrote : ‘One small step…’

      Do you have data to support that only ‘poor’ people choose sugary beverages ?
      I do not believe that bottled water is more expensive than Coke or Pepsi. But, I haven’t checked….
      Anyway, it is great exchanging ideas.

      Thanks so much for your input. πŸ€—βš˜πŸŒΌ

      My husband and I went on a long campaign to have a pop machine removed from our local hospital. Finally, it was replaced with a machine dispensing water and juice.

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  2. This is so true! Sugar is one of the top culprits. I recently wrote a post that I will publish in the near future and I discussed sugar as it relates to many women’s health issues, including reproductive issues. Thank you for this post and the reminder, because many of us are addicted to sugar! I recently stopped baking to give myself a break. I love baked goods and I realized when I stop baking and indulging commonly in baked goods, all of a sudden I wasn’t so fatigued.

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  3. Is this country-wide or provincial? I moved to Alberta to Ontario and avoid soda due to the recycling tax. The added tax adds up. It would be nice if they added a sugar tax to junk food. I’m a sugar addict yet frugal so having this would make me think twice about buying junk food.

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    1. Hi ! As far as I know, Newfoundland is the first province to introduce this tax. It was introduced yesterday in our new budget. Thanks for your input. πŸ€—βš˜

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  4. High sugar levels are in so many products that appear to be healthy. I am a label watcher. I cut way back on sugar years ago and still monitor the amount I consume. I see your sugary drink tax as a small healthy step forward.

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  5. As I said, I am addicted to sugar, if not I would not crave it. Thanks for this post and the other one on health. I am a child of God that needs to ask God forgiveness everytime I fall into the sugar trap.

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  6. I am consciously trying to reduce my sugar and refined foods intake. It is a struggle, as I cannot drink unsweetened coffee, and I love coffee. I don’t indulge in other sweet drinks, it’s the coffee every day that’s the problem.
    Blessings my friend.

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  7. About 20 years ago I was told by an orthopedic surgeon that I would probably have to have both my knees replaced within the next five years. Providentially, a fellow teacher noticed I was “not my usual cheery self” and I told her what was wrong – I could barely walk! The next day she gave me a copy of the book her mother-in-law had written, called “How I Beat Arthritis and Praise the Lord!” πŸ™‚ The very first thing I learned was to give up sugar. I wasn’t a big eater of sweets, but I eliminated every grain of sugar from my diet, and within a coupe of days, I was walking pain-free! I have freely shared this information with a lot of people, but I am amazed at how many will choose pain over giving up sugar. I agree somewhat with Inklesseg, in that you can’t tax people into making better decisions, but I’m not sure there IS a way. We can give them information, but after that it’s up to them. (P.S. I still have my original knees. πŸ˜‰ )

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    1. Praise God you did not need surgery, Annie. Thanks for sharing this excellent information from your colleague’s mom.

      I so agree with you regarding sugar.
      It is highly addictive, and staying away from it reduces inflammation, and wrinkles too. πŸ˜„

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