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Tax Soda To Fight Obesity, WHO Urges Nations Around The Globe

The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging governments around the world to tax soda and other sugary drinks, NPR reports. Pointing to efforts to reduce obesity and chronic diseases like diabetes, WHO’s director of the Department for the Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases said this can “reduce suffering and save lives.”

This is particularly intriguing, seeing that it’s only been a few months since a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) executive was outed — and subsequently stepped down — for aiding a Coca-Cola representative in efforts to influence WHO officials to relax recommendations on sugar limits.

The idea of a soda tax is not new, but whether the world takes on soda with a tax or not, it would be healthier to “just say no” to soda altogether. If you struggle with weight or chronic health issues, replacing soda and other sweet drinks, including fruit juices, with pure, clean water could be one of the best things you could possibly do.

If you crave some flavor, try adding some lime or lemon juice to still or sparkling water. Tea is another option. Just avoid adding sugar, and steer clear of bottled varieties as they're usually loaded with added sugars. Ditto for so-called "designer water" like Vitamin Water.

If you find it difficult to quit, the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) can be particularly useful for eliminating soda addiction. A version referred to as Turbo Tapping tends to be particularly useful for eliminating soda addiction in a short amount of time.
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