When it Comes to Good Choices, is it Better to Reward the Good or Punish the Bad?

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The name "junk food" alone tells us that our bag of chips, corn syrup-laden cookie, and giant soda are not the best food choices. Still, people reach for those foods everyday.

But what if junk food was taxed? Would that change people's behavior? Or maybe subsidies that made healthy food cheaper would be more effective? Recently, psychologists have attempted to use science to answer these questions.Grist writes:

An interesting new study was just published in Psychological Science, about a lab experiment at SUNY Buffalo that suggests junk-food taxes increase the overall nutritional quality of a shopping trip, while subsidies on healthy foods actually decrease the nutritional quality.

Read more at Grist.org
Read more about junk food:
Chasing the Junk Food Dragon: How Junk Food Affects Brain Like Heroin
Corn Syrup vs. Sugar: Which is sweeter for your diet?
Michael Pollan: The Government Makes You Fat

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