India is slated to become the Diabetic Capital of the world, this is due to the steep rise in consumption of unhealthy food products which have high salt, high sugar and refined oils and fats. To control this epidemic of lifestyle disorders, Niti Ayog is planning to impose a tax on meals which are high on salt, sugar and fat.
The Foods which are most likely to get taxed are
Foods which colloquially are referred to as Fast foods like Vegetable chips (for example potato chips) traditional fried Indian snacks like bhujias, fruit based chips. The non branded unhealthy foods will attract a 5% GST.
The same unhealthy food items which are under a brand will attract a higher tax at 12%.
Other addictive and unhealthy products like tobacco and cigarettes may attract a 28% GST.
India has been reeling under a rise of lifestyle disorders like Obesity, Metabolic disorders and even cancers. A majority of these can be mitigated by a healthy diet and lifestyle. Countries across the world are trying to take measures to introduce financial disincentives to curtail consumption of such food items.