Soft drink, soft price: Soda prices found to be significantly low

  • 2016-07-21
  • Science Daily

A Drexel University study found that huge disparities exist between the cost of sugary soft drinks and the price of the healthier alternative milk -- differences that could be reduced by taxes like the one just approved in Philadelphia.

Looking at the prices of soda in 1,743 supermarkets across the country, researchers from Drexel's Dornsife School of Public Health found that, on average, milk cost 160 percent more per fluid ounce than soda.

Taxing sugary drinks -- which are linked to medical conditions such as diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease -- could help level the price disparity and reduce the incentive for choosing unhealthy options.