Sugar-sweetened beverages have been singled out in spite of the fact that soft drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks and sweetened bottled water combined contribute 5.5% of the calories in the average American diet ...
I certainly agree that singling out soft drinks for a supposedly health-driven excise tax is a shaky proposition. I do, however, have a quibble with one of Mr. Kent’s facts: Coca-Cola is not a sugar-sweetened beverage.* I wish it was.
* At least where I live. I have heard rumors that Costco stores in Southern California carry sugar-sweetened Coca-Cola imported from Mexico.