By Andreas Moritz
What makes cola the developed world’s most popular drink? Wily marketing (some would say big fat lies), for sure. It’s ironic that intoxicating and addictive marketing could contribute to two of America’s most worrying epidemics – obesity and diabetes.
If health experts and doctors could label the contents in a bottle of cola, this is how it would read: Pesticides; carcinogenic preservatives (sodium benzoate); toxic flavor enhancers (MSG); toxic artificial sweeteners in ‘diet beverages’ (aspartame); ladles of sugar in regular beverages (sucrose and high-fructose corn syrup); a neurotoxin (caffeine); unnatural synthetic vitamins in ‘healthful’ products; and scores of class-action lawsuits.