By Dixia Garay
Harm to human health. Drinking Coca Cola is worse than smoking
From a health perspective, drinking Coca-Cola or any other juice or soda is a disaster for the body. Keep in mind that a single can per day means a weight gain of 6 kilos per year. And that increases your risk of diabetes by 85 percent.
Doctors indicate that there is absolutely no reason for you or your children to drink soda. There is no excuse.
Of course, Coca-Cola is not the only brand of soda or juice. And it is simply extremely rare to find a transnational corporation that operates according to the ethical or moral standards necessary to guarantee the well-being of consumers (yet this is not an excuse for Coca Cola's atrocious behavior). " So next time you go to the supermarket to spend your money, it would be very beneficial to you if you did not buy or endorse a giant corporation."says Dr. Mercola." ... perhaps it is better to think twice and put your money in a company more in line with your scale of values. "
Switching to Pepsi would be a small step in de-financing the Coca Cola monster, although the right direction for you and your family is to eliminate all soda from your diet at all.
All sodas are overloaded with sugar and fructose. This increases people's risk of obesity, diabetes, heart problems, and other chronic diseases.
So when we say: Drinking soda is worse than smoking cigarettes (and worse), we are not exaggerating.
Drinking soda is worse than smoking in many ways, and it is a direct consequence of the industry's massive marketing campaigns, which falsely indicate that these sugary drinks are acceptable to the most vulnerable members of society: our children.
Today in the 21st century it would be a real scandal for tobacco companies to start targeting their advertising campaigns towards children. But the soda companies do it every day.
It's time to wake up and face the facts: The soda industry is about our children, and the message they convey is just as damaging (and manipulative) as that of Big Tobacco.
Important Similarities Between the Soda Industry and Big Tobacco
If you were asked to quickly recall a commercial, or tagline or logo, of the major soft drink companies, such as Coca-Cola or Pepsi, could you do it?
You would probably have no problem remembering some cute advertisements with polar bears or Britney Spears in a Roman circus, and especially the simpler parts, such as logos or packaging. And if you asked your children the same thing, it is very likely that they have better memories and even remember more than you.
This is just the tip of the iceberg of how the soft drink giants have made their products a part of the firmly entrenched culture in the homes of millions of people around the world.
As noted above, Coca-Cola spends $ 3 billion a year on advertising. The one you see, and the one you don't see. For example, reports like this are hidden by the mainstream media.
Coca Cola, and other huge corporations, often build strategic alliances with healthcare organizations that conceal studies vital to human health. Again, succulent businesses turn heads making them "look the other way."
In advertisements, we sometimes see statuesque girls on a beach drinking Coca Cola, and propaganda posters appear at soccer games or sponsoring many other sporting activities. And we do not realize that this is so incoherent if a large tobacco company sponsored a marathon. And like Big Tobacco, soda companies influence governments and scientific institutions, such as fighting for legislation on bicarbonate.
This reported Time magazine:
- The American Beverage Association (ABA), which represents Coca-Cola, Pepsi and other beverage manufacturers, denounced the baking soda tax suggestions as "discriminatory." This organization promotes itself as a "neutral forum", but in reality all it does is discredit any negative press articles against soda. For example, those that link soft drinks to obesity. ABA says that: "All the beverages we produce can be enjoyed as part of a balanced lifestyle."
- The soda industry created a group of " Americans Against Food Taxes"(Americans Against Food Taxes), which runs campaigns against tax burdens for food companies. As Kelly Brownell described it in the Times:
"The group's name was designed to simulate a patriotic movement, when in reality it is a highly financed, industry-initiated and organized entity."
- Another screen created by this industry is the Foundation for a Healthy America (Foundation for a Healthy America), which recently donated 10 million dollars to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Intended for the investigation and prevention of childhood obesity! Diet Coca-Cola also partnered with the "National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute" (NHLBI), publicizing heart health programs for women, this soda was also named "the drink of choice" in the 2010 Winter Olympics.
- Funds from the soda industry are constantly being used to debunk research linking soda consumption to health problems. Brownwell writes:
"The tobacco industry bribed scientists who investigated the links between smoking and lung cancer, the addictive nature of nicotine, and the dangers of indoor smoke. The soda industry bribes scientists not to report the link between the SSB [sugar in sweetened beverage] and health issues. The tobacco industry bought state organizations and donated funds to communities. Ironically, Coca Cola and PepsiCo are the sponsoring companies of the American Diabetes Association. "
The company's "Beverage Institute for Health and Wellness" Coke, in Spanish, " Institute of Beverages for Health and Wellness"(Isn't the name an oxymoron? He even creates continuing education courses for professional dietitians!
Coca Cola: Health Hazards
High-fructose high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) that is used by the major brands of soda, including Coke and Pepsi, is seriously harmful. About 100 years ago the average person consumed only 15 grams of fructose per day, mainly from fruits. Currently, people who consume sodas and juices are consuming more than 135 grams per day, mainly in the form of bicarbonate. 15 grams of fructose per day is harmless (unless you have high uric acid levels). However, in a proportion almost 10 times higher, this element becomes one of the main causes of obesity, and of all chronic degenerative diseases. Instead of a 55 percent fructose and 45 percent glucose compound, many brands, such as Coca Cola, Pepsi, or Sprite, contain up to 65 percent fructose, or almost 20 percent more than what is originally believed. According to one study, the average fructose content in the 23 sodas tested was 59 percent - a higher amount than the industry claims. If we consider that people drink an average of 53 to 57 liters of soda per year (depending on the source of the statistics), this difference in fructose content can severely influence health.
Do sodas induce violence?
For starters, it is a fact well known to the medical community that a poor diet, and especially one high in sugar, has an impact on emotional health.
For example, a study published recently in Psychology Today magazine, found a strong link between high sugar intake, depression, and schizophrenia. It is also a well known fact that chronic inflammation plays a role in heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and cancer.
Sitting at this point, we can indicate that the consumption of excessive amounts of sugary drinks can and does cause an avalanche of negative health events - both physical and mental.
A diet high in sugar, fructose, and sweetened sodas, also causes excessive insulin release, which can lead to falling blood sugar levels, or hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia, in turn, causes the brain to secrete glutamate at levels that can cause agitation, depression, anger, anxiety, and panic attacks.
Meanwhile, a study published in 1985 in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, showed that l he reduction in sugar intake has a positive impact on emotions. And another: "Los Angeles Probation Department Diet-Behavior Program:
An Empirical Analysis of Six Institutional Settings ", published in 1983, documented the results of a study conducted on juvenile offenders. When they were given a diet low in sugar, it was observed a 44 percent reduction in the incidence of antisocial behavior, during the 3 months following the implementation of the diet.
So Soda Can Affect Your Child's Behavior? If you can.
A new study supported this point, and revealed that frequent consumption of soda is associated with a 15.9% increase in the probability of committing assaults. The analysis was carried out with a broad spectrum, controlling for gender, age, race, body mass index, smoking patterns, alcohol consumption, and family relationships.
The researchers concluded:
"There is a significant relationship between soft drinks and violence. There may be a direct cause and effect relationship, perhaps due to the sugar or caffeine content of the sodas, or there may be other factors, which we did not find in our analysis, but the high consumption of soft drinks and the aggression are related ".
However, this effect is not a new finding, in 1979 it was used in a murder trial for the first time in history.
As Discovery News reported:
"In a notorious 1979 murder trial in San Francisco, the defense attorney blamed the killer's actions on a recent change in diet. The killer had switched from healthy foods to Coca Cola and junk food.
His argument paid off, and the criminal was not sentenced to murder, but was convicted of a misdemeanor of voluntary manslaughter. This legal strategy is known as the "Twinkie Defense", and the precedent raises a number of questions that persist, despite years "
Dangerous companies associated with Coca Cola:
Coca Cola shares interests with: ConAgra, Otis Spunkmeyer, Kellog’s, Dr. Pepper, 7-Up, FritoLay, Tyson, Nestle, Cargill Meat Solutions, Campbell’s Foodservice. How? Together they establish diets such as lunches, breakfasts, and snacks in schools in the United States, to cite one example. These brands are directly commercially related. And they usually run strategic campaigns together.
The propaganda becomes evident in Hollywood, when we see teenagers gathered in front of a television, preparing to watch a movie, while they share products of these brands on a coffee table, as if it were the obligatory menu for that type of "events", or when they order a meal at the school restaurant, or at a fast food place. Evidence: Together, all of these brands fund Chatwells.
Coca Cola and the brands cited together create diets for children who, when they become tweens or teens, can eat healthy meals. However, the initial habit will remain with them for life.