A study recently published in the journal Health Affairs says that by adding a one cent per ounce tax on soda and sugar sweetened beverages, we could save billions of dollars every year from reducing the incidence of heart disease and diabetes. Researchers estimated the tax would result in adults consuming, on average, 9 fewer calories per day. That may not sound like much but that equates to enough weight loss to reduce the number of obese adults by 867,000 in 10 years. This would translate into 95,000 fewer instance of coronary artery disease, 8,000 fewer strokes, and 26,000 fewer premature deaths. It would also raise about $13 million a year which could be used for nutrition education and other programs to help people learn how to cook and eat more healthfully. This idea is gaining favor and the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity is a strong advocate for the tax.