Drinking Coca-Cola Killed New Zealand Mom, Coroner Concludes

by , 02/12/13

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A 31-year-old mother from New Zealand died three years ago from drinking too much Coca-Cola, a coroner has found. Natasha Harris was addicted to the beverage, according to her family, and drank up to 10 liters a day. If she went without it, they said she would get “the shakes.” All of her teeth had been removed as a result of tooth decay, and some of her eight children inherited bad teeth as well. She died of cardiac arrest.

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While Coca-Cola claimed it is impossible to prove that she died from drinking their dark beverage, coroner David Crerar ruled that Coca-Cola was a “substantial factor” in Natasha Harris’ death. Her habit included a daily intake of 2.2 pounds of sugar and 970 mg of caffeine. That is 11 times more sugar than health officials recommend and twice the amount of caffeine, the BBC reports.

This excess led to cardiac arrhythmia, according to Crerar, who said in a statement that Coca-Cola can’t be held accountable for Harris’ death as she and her family should have responded to many years of poor health.

“The fact she had her teeth extracted several years before her death because of what her family believed was Coke induced tooth decay, and the fact that one or more of her children were born without enamel on their teeth, should have been treated by her, and by her family, as a warning,” Television New Zealand (TVNZ) quoted him as saying.

Via BBC News

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  1. Melissa Whitehouse August 28, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    @Philatonian. Its epigenetics everything we consume in or on our body has the ability to modify future generations genetic material. Its genetic change without mutation, simply.

  2. lucky2bhere February 14, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    I don’t drink Coke or Pepsi or anything similar. Haven’t for decades. After I saw what it did to metal overnight (not to mention the teeth of Coca Cola’s workers – all you can drink!), it was an easy decision.

    However, this is a bit of a witch hunt. Anyone who drinks that much of anything will encounter serious problems. The signs of addiction were about as clear as they could be. This is not Coke’s fault and this story doesn’t belong here.

  3. Philatonian February 14, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    How could her kids inherit bad teeth caused by an unhealthy diet? Inherited traits are determined by your genes, not your health.

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