Junk food taxes might be changing eating habits


December 12, 2012 3:53:10 PM PST
A new study finds taxing soft drinks and foods high in saturated fats, and providing subsidies for fruits and vegetables, might encourage people to change their eating habits and possibly improve their health.

Researchers analyzed 32 previous studies and found there would be a slight decline in consumption of fatty foods with each 1 percent price increase.

They also determined that a 10 percent increase in the price of soft drinks would decrease consumption by between 1 percent and 24 percent. The study appears in PLoS Medicine.