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Women's death from 10 liters of Coca-Cola per Day

Too much Coca-Cola can kill you

In one of the strangest death reports in recent years a New Zealand coroner has indicated that the 2010 death of Natasha Harris’ was due to her drinking at least 10 liters of Coca-Cola per day. According to the coroner’s report her death, which occurred after she went into cardiac arrest at the age of 30, was due to hypokalemia, or a lack of potassium in the blood.

The coroner stated that he believed if it were not for her excessive Coca-Cola consumption she would not have died at age 30, especially from hypokalemia. According to experts, Harris was consuming approximately two pounds of sugar per day and 970 milligrams of caffeine.

Her family acknowledged she had an addiction to Coca-Cola and had very specific physical symptoms if she did not get “her fix.” She also had her teeth removed due to decay caused by the consumption of too much sugar.

Harris was not the only one affected by her addiction to Coca-Cola. One of her eight children also lacked sufficient teeth enamel due to their mother’s uncontrollable soda addiction.

What is wrong with Coca-Cola?

Many individuals drink Coca-Cola every day and one or two can be safe, but excessive consumption can cause not only teeth decay but also cardiac arrhythmia, a condition which causes the heart to beat too slow or too fast.

What does Coca-Cola say? They disagree that Harris’ death could have been caused exclusively by drinking their product. While that is probably not true, they do have one defense: Drinking too much of anything can kill you.

Take the case of Jonathan Paul Dent who died April 19, 2012. Dent was a 30-year-old man who was found dead on a bushwalking track in north-west Tasmania. Coroners reported that he died from exercise-related hyponatremia – a lack of sodium in the blood – which resulted from excessive consumption of water during the course of the prolonged exertion while on the bushwalk.

Coca-Cola added in a statement issued after Harris’ death that "grossly excessive ingestion of any food product, including water" could be harmful and they believe, “all foods and beverages can have a place in a balanced and sensible diet combined with an active lifestyle.”

What is more likely for most Coca-Cola and soda drinkers is an increased risk of obesity and diabetes. This is a real concern as the obesity rate soars into double digits and more and more Americans are becoming obese. Consider also, as medical care becomes a universal option for American citizens we can all expect more intrusive measures by the Federal Government to enact more stringent dietary and consumer choices that encourage everyone to take responsibility for their food choices.

We have already seen the local state government in New York City impinging on the freedoms of New Yorkers by limiting the size beverages that can be sold. This could be the tip of the iceberg for a nation that has learned to say, “Supersize me.”