1. Concerned Student said,

    November 11, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Why is Coca-Cola unhealthy for us to drink? Why are we trying to get rid of the Coca-Cola machines at Naropa University?

  2. fairtradenaropa said,

    November 12, 2009 at 12:55 am

    Here are a few websites that contain some information why Coke products are unhealthy – to people, to the environment, and do not support human rights and fair working conditions.
    The article shows results from various studies that link drinking cola, coke and other softdrinks to illnesses like diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, heart disease, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, dental cavities and even DNA damage for kids! Whew!
    Coke, Pepsi and other softdrinks are effective stain, rust and grease remover. Soda can dissolve a broken tooth (soaked in soda) in 10 days. As we all know, our teeth are supposedly one of the strongest bones in our body. A student died after drinking 8 bottles of coke on the spot. Too much carbon dioxide and not enough oxygen in the body did it.

    Environmental concerns
    Also the corn used to produce corn syrup often comes from genetically altered plants…^ Forristal, Linda Joyce (2003). “The Murky World of High Fructose Corn Syrup”.

    Environmental degradation in the form of depletion of the local ground water table due to the utilization of natural water resources by the company poses a serious threat to many communities.
    In March 2004, local officials in Kerala shut down a $16 million Coke bottling plant blamed for a drastic decline in both quantity and quality of water available to local farmers and villagers.

    worker conditions:
    To date, there have been a total of 179 major human rights violations of Coca-Cola’s workers, including nine murders. Family members of union activists have been abducted and tortured. Union members have been fired for attending union meetings. The company has pressured workers to resign their union membership and contractual rights, and fired workers who refused to do so.

    Check out this website and you can read about how coke products are unhealthy.
    Here are just a few:
    “Soft drinks have long been suspected of leading to lower calcium levels
    and higher phosphate levels in the blood. When phosphate levels are high and
    calcium levels are low, calcium is pulled out of the bones. The phosphate
    content of soft drinks like Coca -Cola and Pepsi is very high, and they
    contain virtually no calcium.”
    Barnet Meltzer MD…”But soft drinks are far from soft. High in phosphorous and phosphoric
    acid, they infiltrate bodily fluids and corrode stomach linings, upset the
    alkaline-acid balance of the kidneys, and eat away at your liver like
    Hannibal Lecter. Soft drinks also contain hidden caffeine, refined sugar,
    and artificial chemicals
    “Soft drink consumption in children poses a significant risk factor for
    impaired calcification of growing bones.”
    “The relationship between soft drink consumption and body weight is so
    strong that researchers calculate that for each additional soda consumed,
    the risk of obesity increases 1.6 times.”
    The doctor speaking in these dialogs is, Dr. McCay, the nutritionist at the
    Naval Medical Research Institute.
    “I was amazed to learn,” he testified, “that the beverage contained
    substantial amounts of phosphoric acid. . . . At the Naval Medical Research
    Institute, we put human teeth in a cola beverage and found they softened and
    started to dissolve within a short periodS The acidity of cola beverages …
    is about the same as vinegar. The sugar content masks the acidity, and
    children little realize they are drinking this strange mixture of phosphoric
    acid, sugar, caffeine, coloring, and flavoring matter.”
    “One liter of an aspartame-sweetened beverage can produce about fifty-six
    milligrams of methanol. When several of these beverages are consumed in a
    short period of time (one day, perhaps), as much as two hundred fifty
    milligrams of methanol are dumped into the bloodstream, or thirty-two times
    the EPA limit.”
    “Twenty-one percent of the sugar in the American diet comes from soft
    “Heavy soft drink consumption can interfere with your body’s metabolization
    of iron and diminish nerve impulse transmission.”

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