Monday, 18 February 2013

Fizzy Fallacy

I've recently heard demands for a 20% tax on 'fizzy drinks' blaming them for obesity.

Fizzy drinks fizz with carbon dioxide, which is unlikely to produce obesity in anything except a chlorophyll carrying green plant.

I gather that the objection to fizzy drinks is that many of them are also sugary, but not all are sugary, and many sugary drinks, and indeed sugary non-drinks, are not fizzy. However the self righteous do not condemn sugary drinks.  I suspect they concentrate on the fizziness because it make a big contribution to the drinkers enjoyment, and the real target may be not obesity, but enjoyment.

Puritanism about sex has become less popular so puritans have taken to pontificating about diet instead.

1 comment :

Sasha said...

I don't think it's the fizz that people are campaigning against, but the sugar content.

They are veiling their speech in order not to be sued by the multinational monsters of the fizzy drink world - and we all know who they are, don't we?