Coca-Cola is Healthy, High Fructose Corn Syrup is Good for You, and the FDA Refuses to Define Natural

Coca-Cola is natural?

I don’t drink it, my family doesn’t drink it, but millions do.

And if you believe the latest “Pemberton” ads, it’s got “No added preservatives. No artificial flavors. Never had it. Never will.”.

Watch the video here: Pemberton ad by Coca-Cola

What a load of malarkey!

Find out about Coca-Cola’s corporate abuses:

Coke also owns Odwalla juices among its 450 brands, so buy a juicer or a find a local juice bar instead of giving Coke your money. Read up on greenwashing with the World Wildlife Fund (to the tune of $20 million).

In related news:

Keep your kids off HFCS, say no to Coke, and read your labels carefully!

Related articles:

Image: CokeJustice.org by Design Action Collective

Comments

  1. Ooh, I’ve got a little Coke habit.

    Most Wednesdays you’ll find me taking a three mile run Straight Uphill to my favorite taco truck. They serve a mean ceviche and some Mexican Coca Cola (no HFCS – sugar only). It’s both delicious and guaranteed to make me huge.

    I can’t stand the taste of US Coke with the HFCS and I tell my kids I won’t let them eat things with HFCS in in because I love them.

  2. Just remember, the FDA trusts industry to do accurate research on their own products, tobacco industry notwithstanding.

    So glad I gave up most of the soda habit years ago. Just a very rare treat now.

  3. I was so addicted to the stuff in highschool. Little did I know so many of my health problems (migraines and even numbing sensations in my hands and feet) were the direct cause of Diet Coke. Now I know better and won’t touch the stuff! If people come over and expect something to drink, I’ve got nice organic Raw milk or well water, take your pick!

  4. High fructose corn syrup and many other mischievous food additives or ingredients might indeed be ‘natural.’ this term means very close to nothing. poison ivy is ‘natural’ (even organic in most cases), but i don’t want it in my food. people have to become much more skeptical of and thoughtful about anything they are told in an ad or other non-regulated, or non-peer reviewed material, promotional material, or website.
    fructose as almost all know by now is indeed a natural sugar, but unlike other sugars (which are not healthful in large doses, either), it is metabolized differently and is stored at a MUCH higher rate–that is to say, is MUCH more likely to produce fat cell content per calorie ingested–than glucose or other common sugars.

    because its unusual metabolic pathway bypasses the normal liver glycogen processes,it is not even easily available for energy production as is usually thought to be the chief metabolic virtue of sugar. fructose tastes sweeter per gram; that is the end of the list of its good qualities.

    all sugars can be considered obesigenic, but none so powerfully so, per calorie or per ounce consumed, as is fructose.
    high fructose corn syrup is just a ‘natural’ way to get even more of this harmful sugar into your system.

  5. Brendan: Agreed.

    “Natural” can be applied to just about anything, kinda like “green”. All of us need to read labels, ask questions, and then make our choices.

    Otherwise, we get what we get.

    Which may not be what we wanted.

  6. I used love coke, Until I became aware of HFCS. Coke used the “New Coke” fiasco to mask to addition of HFCS. Classic coke is not classic. The PR people at Coca-cola are programed to say that there is no difference. The educated consumer knows it’s all a sham. I will never buy another coke product again.

  7. I’ve been on a rampage against HFCS for several years now. If anyone is interested, you can click on my name for a page I’ve written with some of my tips to help avoid it in our diets (particularly for families). It is bewildering how much it has invaded our food supply. Since my husband and son are both highly allergic to corn we have to be extra careful – the corn-derived fructose can easily contain traces of the proteins so I’ve learned how to be a label fanatic.

  8. awww, i’m so sorry for u cchovitti!!!!!!

  9. What a great article – that is exactly what I had a big problem with in terms of their adds, that made me write the article entitled: “Coca-Cola: Maybe the Real Thing, But Definitely Not the Healthy Thing” (You can find it at http://evolvingwellness.com)

    Their newest ads are just so disgustingly misleading. Anyway, I too am happy that I don’t drink it but the more awareness we spread about this cause and their ads the better.

  10. You can get Mexican coca cola anywhere. What do you mean its illegal? Thats the funniest thing I ever heard.

  11. If HFCS is like cane sugar why not just use cane sugar. Cane sugar is easier to manufacture, so why HFCS?

Trackbacks

  1. [...] for you High Fructose Corn Syrup is.  My child reacts within minutes of ingesting any product containing HFCS. We can’t cook with corn syrup at home because it is made with HFCS. (Check back tomorrow for [...]

  2. [...] I don’t drink sodas primarily because they contain high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).  Apparently, I am not alone in my concern over HFCS, as cane sugar sweetened Pepsi and Coke from Mexico are desirable in the United States.  I’m not sure I would risk Montezuma’s revenge from Mexican water to drink a sugar cane sweetened soda from south of the border; however, the long term negative effects of HFCS may be far worse.  Unfortunately for natural soda lovers, Mexican Pepsi and Coke are illegal in the US. [...]

  3. [...] I don’t drink sodas primarily because they contain high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).  Apparently, I am not alone in my concern over HFCS, as cane sugar sweetened Pepsi and Coke from Mexico are desirable in the United States.  I’m not sure I would risk Montezuma’s revenge from Mexican water to drink a sugar cane sweetened soda from south of the border; however, the long term negative effects of HFCS may be far worse.  Unfortunately for natural soda lovers, Mexican Pepsi and Coke are illegal in the US. [...]

  4. [...] Coke makes dramatic health claims in its advertising, including the assertion that the drinks will reduce the risk of chronic disease, promote healthy joints, and support optimal immune function. The drinks are then marketed as a healthy alternative to soda by labeling them with healthy buzz words such as “defense,” “rescue,” “energy,” and “endurance,” but contain less than 1% fruit juice and have a whopping 33 grams of sugar in each one. [...]

  5. [...] Except it hasn’t only been the occasional sugar-water substitution. We’ve substituted the substitute. People have also turned to high fructose corn syrup. [...]

  6. [...] Coca-Cola is Healthy, High Fructose Corn Syrup is Good for You, and the FDA Refuses to Define Natura… [...]

Speak Your Mind

*