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New Zealand Woman's Death Blamed On Coca Cola Addiction

It always seemed like a scare tactic that fat-fearing parents would tell their sugar-loving kids: if you drink too much Coke, you could die! (OK, maybe in a not so morbid way.) However, a coroner really has found that a New Zealand woman’s death is the result of an eight-litre-per-day Coke habit.

Eight litres is 16 cans over 20 standard cans per day. Holy shit. Natasha Harris was 31 when she passed away in February 2010, but coroner David Crerar just recently released his report, saying:

“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.”

In addition:

[Her habit] “was a substantial factor that contributed to the development of the metabolic imbalances which gave rise to the arrhythmia”.

Harris, who didn’t drink alcohol, was also found to have an enlarged liver because of fatty deposits from excessive sugar consumption and low potassium levels in her blood. Her body was ruined inside from all the fizzy brown syrup. Coke responded to the coroner’s claim, saying:

“[We] are disappointed that the coroner has chosen to focus on the combination of Ms Harris’ excessive consumption of Coca-Cola, together with other health and lifestyle factors, as the probable cause of her death. This is contrary to the evidence that showed the experts could not agree on the most likely cause.”

Coke kills! [Discovery News, Huffington Post]

Picture: vonzolomon/Shutterstock


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