Coroner Says Woman’s Massive Coca-Cola Habit Played a Part in Her Death

Stick to the small size.

Three years ago, Natasha Harris, a 30-year-old mother of eight in New Zealand, died of a heart attack. But a coroner says Harris, who allegedly swilled up to ten liters of Coca-Cola per day — "twice the recommended safe limit of caffeine and more than 11 times the recommended sugar intake" — did herself in with soda, reports the BBC. She drank so much, in fact, that her teeth had rotted from decay and she'd go into intense withdrawal symptoms when deprived of her chosen beverage.

The BBC says that she'd been in "ill health" for years owing to her addiction; the coroner's findings statement says "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."

Then again, drinking or eating just about anything in such huge quantities is bound to be bad for you, and Coke insists it's not responsible for Harris's strange behavior. True, since most would make a lifestyle change after losing their teeth and giving birth to a child without tooth enamel.

Addictions notwithstanding, Coke's PR seems to be falling flat: There's the whole obesity issue, and this week researchers in France drew parallels between Type II diabetes risk and the consumption of diet soft drinks. (Coke really hasn't been faring well abroad: Last month, they pulled advertising from state-owned France Télévisions after a controversial documentary during which the host grilled the CEO about Coke's safety in front of shareholders.)

And there's the Taylor Swift partnership.

Coca-Cola drinking 'linked to New Zealander's death'] [BBC]
‘Diet’ drinks associated with increased risk of Type II diabetes [Inserm]

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