Can soda kill you? That is what one family claims and a coroner agrees.
When 30-year-old Natasha Harris died of a heart attack in 2010, her family suspected her addiction to Coca-Cola was to blame.
Harris, a mother of eight from New Zealand, was known to have a myriad of health problems; she smoked, had rotten teeth and drank more than four liters of Coke a day.
Her family said she was addicted and would go crazy and get the shakes if she ran out.
Coca-Cola maintains that despite her daily consumption of twice the recommended caffeine intake and more than 11 times the acceptable amount of sugar, Harris’ death couldn’t be linked to her soda habit.
But a coroner’s report just released claims it can.
Stating, when all of 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.
The coroner said Coca-Cola should not be held responsible but said the company should consider adding warning labels.
The New Zealand food industry ruled against that idea.
Moderation is the key; too much of anything is never a good idea.