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Monday, February 6, 2017

Coca-Cola: A mixed 'blessing'

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A few well-placed commercials regarding the blessings of diversity can’t offset the many well-known hazards of drinking Coca-Cola.

Ever since John Stith-Pemberton (“in attempts to cure his morphine addiction”) concocted Coke, questions have been raised regarding its alleged health merits.  Although one of Coke’s earliest ads called the drink “Refreshing, Exhilarating, Invigorating,” criticism of its ingredients soon mounted.

“One of the first noted criticisms of Coca-Cola was that it produced serious mental and motor deficits.”  That was back in the early 1900s.  Studies have been detailing valid concerns ever since.

In 2015, the Harvard School of Public Health declared that “people who drink 1-2 cans of sugary beverages daily are 26% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.”  In 2017, Tamil Nadu decided to no longer sell Coca-Cola products because the company “exploits the [Indian] state’s water bodies while farmers [are] facing severe drought.”  In 2007, PETA “criticized the company” for cutting into faces “of chimpanzees to study the animals’ nerve impulses used in the perception of sweet taste.”

These are just a few of the voluminous claims against Coca-Cola.  Nevertheless, the company continues to flourish across the globe.  International holdings, rather than love of multilingual humanity, could be what’s really sweetening those “Sugar Bowl” ads.


Copyright February 6, 2017 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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