The bad press for Coke keeps on coming, as a meme making its way around the web (first posted by the Renegade Pharmacist) has gone viral, and for good reason. It’s no secret that Coke can be very harmful to our health, especially after prolonged use. While people are of course free to do and consume as they please, the truth of the matter is, a product like Coke should not even be on the market in the first place. There’s a difference between right of choice and knowingly offering choices that harm people.
Sugar, primarily in the form of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), is the highest calorie source in the United States today. While its mass appeal is vastly rooted in cultures worldwide, its negative implications for health are often overlooked by the majority. We recently published an article on how HFCS literally makes you “stupid,” which you can read here. Multiple studies have shown this, including one conducted by UCLA which showed how sugar lowers your IQ.
Your brain lights up with sugar just as it does with cocaine and heroin. It’s not something somebody can easily walk away from. What we are seeing is the same thing as drug addiction, and these giant food corporations know this. In fact, a Dutch health official recently called sugar the most dangerous drug of all time. Here is an article we wrote about a study claiming sugar is just as addictive as heroin.
“You end up with one of the great health epidemics of all time.”
– Dr. David Kessler, former FDA commissioner (source)
Here is a video of a BBC journalist showing a Coca-Cola president just how much sugar is in their drink.
Hopefully this meme gives you something to think about, especially if you are a parent, or a person who consumes Coke on a regular basis.
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