Diatribe: Excessive Coca-Cola Consumption Contributes To Death of New Zealand Woman.
I drink far too much diet soda. Truthfully, drinking any amount of diet soda is probably far too much but I’ve been able to convince myself that diet soda is somehow “better” for me than regular soda. I know it’s not good for me and I continuously try to cut back on the amount that I consume. Yesterday, a New Zealand coroner’s report noted Coca-Cola as a contributing factor to the death of Natasha Harris in February 2010.
Harris reportedly drank more than two gallons of the soda every day for many years. Her family called it an “addiction” that resulted in the removal of multiple rotten teeth and the birth of at least one child lacking tooth enamel. It was said that she suffered withdrawal symptoms if she didn’t drink Coca-Cola.
“I find that, when all 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.” – Coroner’s Report
The examination after her death revealed an enlarged liver with fatty deposits due to too much sugar, a pathologist said. Low potassium in her bloodstream may also have been linked to the soda. Harris apparently consumed more than two pounds of sugar and 970mg of caffeine a day; experts say even 500mg is dangerous.
Coca-Cola reportedly said it was “disappointed” about the coroner’s emphasis on Coke in Harris’ death, though his report did state that the company “cannot be held responsible for the health of consumers who drink unhealthy quantities of the product.”
Once again, I’m determined to change my soda drinking habits.
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