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Saturated Fat Tax in Denmark


#1

Yikes!

"Denmark has introduced what is believed to be the world's first tax on foods containing saturated fat.

The Danish government is applying a surcharge to foods with more than 2.3 per cent saturated fats, in a bid to combat obesity and heart disease.

..."


#2

Does that include danish (oh, the irony)? I'd still pay extra for a good cherry danish


#3

Fucking masquerade.

Just when more and more studies keep saying that sat fat and cholesterol have nothing to do with heart disease.


#4

They only did it because they need to preserve the hotness of the girls of Copenhagen. Second hottest in the world!

http://images.google.com/search?tbm=isch&hl=en&source=hp&&q=copenhagen+girls&biw=1024&bih=437


#5

I was in Copenhagen last summer. No lie about Denmark being the land of beautiful people (and bicycles). Expensive as shit though. This tax won't help that!


#6

Dumbasses should have meant TRANS-fats.


#7

#8

Not only does that news make me want to flip out.

But this: "It means customers will be paying about $3 more per kilogram of saturated fats in a product"

Typical idiot journalism speech, which can't be translated to reality.

So if I was eating 9g worth of fat from coconut oil for example, that would be .027 cents extra per serving. So if there are 100 servings in a bottle, its like 3 cents extra which isn't a big tax. But, I'm guessing that's wrong.

So how big of a tax is it really?

If it is per pound of product, then meat goes up $1.30 per pound, which is a lot of money and making probably the most healthy thing a lot of people eat, more expensive.


#9

You could type any city+girls and get the same kind of results BRO


#10

Yeah, I have been reading this too.

Having your health care include a gym membership would be more helpful.

If they're going to tax a food item maybe sugar would be a better one?


#11

I believe they already have a tax like that.


#12

lol

The problem with the saturated fat tax is that it occurs in so many cheap healthy foods. :-/

Glad I don't live there.


#13

Seriously, saturated fat is an essential part of the diet. Why encourage people to sabotage their diet any further??? Might as well tax anything with Vitamin E because an extreme overdose of it can cause problems...


#14

Never heard of a sugar-tax around here, but that doesn´t mean it´s not there, I guess.

From what I can gather, the only ones who think this tax is a good idea are the politicians who voted it in.
Danish politicians are dumbfucks though, the lot of them, so eh...

Last thing I heard about it was a headline in a newspaper a few days ago, stating that it would
probably be a fairly short-lived tax. Didn´t have time to read the article unfortunately. :confused:


#15

Glad to hear that problem is limited to Denmark. On this side of the ocean we're blessed with non-dumbfuck politicians. :wink:

LOL about a "short-lived tax." Once voted in, a tax might on very rare occasions be adjusted downward slightly, but it never really goes away. It's one area where you can count on dumbfuck politicians to never waver.


#16

I will admit that I hate politics with a passion, so I could just be biased like that :slight_smile:

Googling "fedtskat" (fat tax) brings up a long list of either "fat tax sucks" or
"why the fat tax will fail", so you are not alone with your opinions, the danish people are behind you as well :wink:


#17

As a dane this pisses me off. To the one who claims it won't last long. It will. The state needs it's dough, sadly.

And yeah, we already got a sugar tax.

Danish article adressing the fat tax: http://ing.dk/artikel/122636-analyse-derfor-slipper-vi-aldrig-af-med-fedtskatten


#18

what a bunch of Danish cock suckers (no offense to any Danes here, unless you agree with this tax)


#19

Not that online polls are scientific but the one on CBC has 55% saying Canada should have a fat tax. Grrrr

http://www.cbc.ca/news/yourcommunity/2011/10/should-canada-introduce-a-fat-tax.html

Dumbasses


#20

I never claimed anything, don't shoot the messenger, bro :wink:

Many good points in the article, unfortunately.
It is going to cost me a pretty penny considering my daily intake of saturated fat. :confused: