Things aren’t looking good for soda companies right now. Recent studies have linked diet soda to both depression and diabetes, and suggested that it’s to blame for the obesity epidemic.
Now, the BBC reports that too much Coca-Cola is partly to blame for the cardiac death of 30-year-old Natasha Harris.
In this instance, ‘too much’ is a bit of an understatement.
Harris drank an average of 10 litres of Coke every day. To put that in perspective, one litre is the standard size bottle you might put out at a party for everyone to share. If you prefer to drink your Coke out of cans, it would take 28 of them to consume the same amount Harris did.
Obviously, this is way over the recommended intake for the average person.
According to Health Canada, average adults should consume no more than 400mg of caffeine a day. Harris consumed almost triple that. Not to mention the amount of sugar that much cola contains.
"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 David Crerar told Television New Zealand.
So, there you have it folks: Don’t drink 10 litres of Coke a day. Turns out, that’s bad for you. Who knew?
Do you drink Coke? How much do you drink on average?
-Katharine Watts, Associate Web Editor