We are coming to the end of our time here in Mexico and I am very much looking forward to getitng back to baking for you.
One of the things that has struck Jennifer and I spending time in this fine country (Really, it is an amazing place, with a rich, deep cultural history, incredible people and great food.) is the very high percentage of folks we see who are overweight. And the insanely large amount of soda folks drink (Very large bottles of Coke are a favorite.)
Mexico has the fourth highest consumption of sweetened soft drinks worldwide (After Argentina, Chile and the United States - the chart on the right is from 2012)) and rates of type 2 diabetes 2 x the U.S. rate (about 15% of adults in 2015 versus 10% in the U.S.). It may not be soft drinks alone that are causing this surge - the Mexican government introduced a tax on the beverages a couple of years ago that is apparently slowing consumption.
Mexicans love to snack - Jennifer and I joke that you cannot go to a festival here without access to churros, Elotes (Corn on the cob with crema), tacos, gorditas, chicharron served with toppings or bags of Doritos cut open lengthwise and served with queso, chillies, lime and a fork. Talk about a fat bomb!
Type 2 diabetes with likely bankrupt our health care system; for a much less wealthy country like Mexico, with double the incidence of the disease, the effects will only be more severe.
The folks that sell soft drinks, salty snacks and highly processed food with simple carbs are burdening this country (And ours) will unsustainable healthcare costs. It may be time for taxes on those products to reduce consumption, and whose revenue would fund prevention (As we have done with cigarettes.)