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Touchdowns, Tailgate Parties & Taxes

Kim Galeaz, RDN CD

It’s football season- time for tailgate parties, cheering on your favorite college and/or professional team with good friends, great food, and new taxes on your beverages.

Penalty! I vow to throw down the yellow flag on any politician or governing body that wants to propose taxes on our sugar-sweetened beverages. Together we can sideline anyone proposing these kinds of overreaching taxes under the guise of improving public health.

Let’s look at the facts:

  • There is simply no scientific evidence that sugar-sweetened beverages cause obesity or any purported health issues. In fact, according to USDA data, sugar actually plays a minor role in additional calories in the American diet.
  • Most tailgate parties contain other both healthy and decadent food choices which all need to be balanced within your entire calorie budget. Why single out our drinks in that mix?
  • Studies have consistently shown that taxes on beverages do little more than raise revenue.

As a dietitian, I want those tailgating coolers to include a variety of foods and beverages because these choices provide happiness, enjoyment, and hydration. And all daily calories should be balanced with plenty of exercise for optimal health.

So cheer on your local and favorite politicians that stand up for NO NEW TAXES on your beverages and food. Rally team support for individual choice and personal preferences. And shout loud and clear what many politicians seem to have forgotten - behavior change comes with empowerment through education and conscientious personal responsibility. Touchdown! Victory!


Kim Galeaz RDN CD is an Indianapolis-based registered dietitian nutritionist and believes in vibrant aging and optimal health by blending and balancing all food/beverage choices with a daily dose of positive attitude and activity. As owner of Galeaz Food & Nutrition Communications, she’s a recipe creator, writer, speaker, spokesperson and advocacy consultant for the food, beverage and agriculture industry. Find Kim’s nutrition tips & recipes @KimFoodTalk

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