Denmark has introduced over the weekend the world’s first ever tax on fatty foods, the BBC reports. Effective immediately any food whose saturated fat content is 2.3% or higher will be taxed at a rate of $0.08 per ounce. Tax money will be used in obesity fighting efforts.
Danes are considered big lovers of butter, and Danish butter is considered one of the world’s finest. Anyone who has had Danish butter cookies will surly agree. But now a small pack of butter will cost an added 40 cents. Additional products that are included in the tax are oils, meats, and some savory snacks.
But is saturated fat the right target?
Some experts, US included, would much rather see sugar taxes. They assert that consumption of refined carbs and empty calories from soft drinks seem to be impacting obesity rates more significantly than the consumption of fats.
Interestingly enough, the obesity rate in Denmark is 10% (much lower than our 30%). Pre-emptive strike by the Danish government?
Can you imagine this tax happening here?