News Flash: Drinking 10 litres of Coca-Cola a day probably isn’t the best idea…

Coca-Cola Post Strong Earnings

Drinking large quantities of Coca-Cola has been linked to a New Zealand woman’s death.

Natasha Harris, a 30 year old mother of eight who died three years ago after going into cardiac arrest, drank up to 10 litres of Coca-Cola each day. That’s twice the recommend limit of caffeine and over 11 times the recommended sugar intake… put another way, that’s 2 pounds of sugar a day. Her Coke addiction was so bad that all of her teeth had been removed due to decay and some of her children had developed teeth without enamel.

Her partner found her on the toilet (presumably pissing out a few litres of Coke) at their home in Invercargill, New Zealand, following the heart attack that killed her. Coca-Cola has maintained that, despite her coke guzzling ways, Harris’s death could not be definitively linked to her Coke habit. The coroner’s report, released today, suggests otherwise:

When all of the available evidence is considered, were it not for the consumption of very large quantities of Coke by Natasha Harris, it is unlikely that she would have died when she died and how she died.

However, the coroner was quick to add:

Coca-Cola cannot be held responsible for the health of consumers who drink unhealthy quantities of the product.

and

The fact she had her teeth extracted several years before her death because of what her family believed was Coke induced tooth decay, and the fact that one or more of her children were born without enamel on their teeth, should have been treated by her, and by her family, as a warning.

and

Natasha Harris knew, or ought to have known and recognized, the health hazard of her chosen diet and lifestyle.

No kidding. Let’s review the case:

  • Drinks 10 litres of Coca-Cola a day
  • Has 8 children
  • Is 30 years old
  • Has no teeth
  • Presumably has no education

So the real question is: should soft drink companies carry more warning labels about the risks of sugar and caffeine or should idiots who drink 10 litres of Coke a day not be allowed to procreate?

Via: BBC News

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