29 June 2008

what qualifies as food?

Wife brought me a receipt for the items necessary to make s'mores. here's an odd statistic: graham crackers and hershey's milk chocolate bars qualify for the 2% food tax rate, but marshmallows and higher-grade dark chocolate do not. rather than focus on the disparity between the two groups, which strikes me as corporate favoritism, i'm more baffled by the fact that crackers and chocolate bars could ever be considered food.

seems food policy is at odds with health policy. wonder where i've heard that before.... well, one thing's for certain: nationalized health care would never be subjected to this kind of favoritism.


  1. http://www.howstuffworks.com/food2.htm

    Glucose, being a basic nutrient, counts as food. Therefore, milk chocolate with its high glucose content should count as food, whereas any chocolate snob^H^H^H^Hconnoisseur can tel you, dark chocolate is a drug.

    But then, that logic fails for marshmallows, which have a high sugar content.

    Here's an interesting tidbit. Graham crackers were invented to be a health food!


  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D-ration

    Of course, modern candy chocolate is a far cry from that stuff.