|Baked potato and mushroom rösti with egg|
Food Diary (October 04, 2011)
Breakfast: Granola with filmjölk
Lunch: Baked potato and mushroom rösti with egg
Dinner: Gnocchi with spinach
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Source: Angie’s Recipes
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Today’s Favourite Blog
Source: The Telegraph
Denmark is to impose the world's first "fat tax" to reduce obesity and risk of heart disease. Starting from this Saturday, Danes will pay an extra US$0.45 on each pack of butter, US$0.12 on a pack of crisps, and an extra US$0.20 on a pound of mince. The tax is expected to cut consumption of saturated fat by close to 10pc, and butter consumption by 15pc.
I don’t know what these items cost in Denmark, I am guessing a kg of butter costs around US$8-10 so the extra that Danes will pay is high but not that high in comparison to the price of the item.
I am surprised that Denmark is the first country to impose fat tax considering that less than 10 percent of Danes are clinically obese. While obesity levels are relatively low I suppose that one of the intentions of the tax is to reduce chances of obesity levels rising.
I wonder whether this is a good idea. Recent studies are indicating that saturated fat is not that bad, and some studies also say that some saturated fats, butter included, is healthy. Whether saturated fats cause obesity and contributes to heart disease is probably not known for certain.
And it will be interesting to see if this tax works. Time will tell. The results will be very difficult to measure.
I suppose record levels of butter and other fats will be purchased before the price goes up on Saturday. And lot of butter will be crossing the border from Sweden in future.
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