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4 Junk Foods We'd Like to See Taxed Besides Soda

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Yesterday's midterm election was a big one for the food and agricultural industry—with votes on GMOs, food stamps, and soda taxes in several states. The biggest game-changer outcome? Berkeley, CA voted in favor of a one-cent per-ounce tax on soda and other beverages containing sugar. The measure passed by 75 percent. Though a similar soda tax was voted down in neighboring San Francisco, the success in Berkeley is momentous for health advocates, especially considering that nearly one in five Americans drinks soda at least once a day, according to a recent study in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. (Soda isn't the only thirst-quenching offender. See what else made the list of The Worst Drinks for Your Body.)

We believe a splurge on your favorite not-so-good-for-you foods every now and then is totally fine. But as long as legislators are proposing “fat taxes” (yep, that’s a real thing), here are four more that we'd like to see on the ballot in coming elections.

1. Donuts. Talk about fat and sugar bombs. We heart donuts, but they’re so cheap (which makes them even more unavoidable). We’re thinking maybe a $20 tax per donut would do the trick and help us avoid a.m. noshing. 

2. Fruit snacks. While most candy like chocolate bars and gummy bears are taxed at the grocery store, so called “fruit” snacks like Fruit Roll-Ups and Fruit Gushers are not, despite the fact that they contain virtually no real fruit and pack somewhere near 40 grams of sugar! 

3. All candy. You probably think you know what candy is, right? Kit Kat? Check. Milky Way? Check. Twizzlers? Check. But according to The Washington Department of Revnue, these foods are actually not considered candy, and therefore not taxed, because they all contain flour. Ew. (Some candy that is taxed: Hershey bars, Starbursts, and York Peppermint Patties.)

4. The “ito” family. Snack items such as potato chips, pretzels, and corn chips are all exempt from taxes, though they contain little nutritional value. We’re guessing you’d be less likely to even walk down the snack aisle if your kettle chips were an extra 50 cents.

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