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Soft drink industry denies their products cause obesity or diabetes: parallels ridiculous denials of Big Tobacco

Monday, May 17, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: obesity, soft drink companies, diabetes

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A grocery products trade group that represents Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and other soft drink manufacturers is adamantly denying the scientific merit of new research linking high fructose corn syrup with rising rates of obesity and diabetes. Stephanie Childs of the Grocery Manufacturers of America, repeats the same old lie told by everybody that sells obesity-promoting products: the problem is simply that people eat too many calories, she explains, not that people are drinking soft drinks.

It's the same old line: it's the consumers' fault, and soft drink companies have every right to keep making and advertising products that are now well known to promote chronic disease. They should have the right to sell those products in our public schools, too, the industry seems to be saying. Soft drinks "can be part of a balanced diet," they ridiculously insist.

It's all a big lie, of course. Soft drinks directly and inarguably cause obesity and diabetes, among other problems. They are products that cause illness and suffering, and yet they are sold without label warnings, and without any financial responsibility on the part of the soft drink manufacturers to repay the medical expenses incurred by consumers who suffer the consequences of long term soft drink consumption.

If all this sounds familiar, it should: it's the haunting echo of Big Tobacco, which continues to deny that nicotine is even addictive! Soft drink companies are no less ridiculous in denying that high fructose corn syrup doesn't promote obesity. Perhaps someday we'll see a panel of soft drink company CEOs testifying before Congress and swearing, right down the line, "I do not believe soft drinks cause obesity."

The bottom line: soft drinks are disease causing products. At the very least, they should be banned from all advertising and from being placed in schools or hospitals. Better yet, the FDA should require a large warning be placed on all soft drink cans or bottles, stating, "This product has been shown to promote obesity and diabetes." The soft drink industry, of course, will bitterly fight against any limitation on their "right" to keep pushing disease-promoting products onto our children and general public, but when enough soft drink customers start dying from obesity, we'll begin to see public pressure limiting the reach of soft drink companies.

Without a doubt, finding ways to limit the consumption of soft drinks would save our nation billions of dollars in future health care costs.

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

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