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Excessive soda drinking may be to blame for woman's death

Friday, July 05, 2013 by: Antonia
Tags: soda, consumption, death

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(NaturalNews) A woman, Natasha Harris, only 30 years old, died of heart attach in New Zealand. She left behind eight children as a result of having consumed upwards to 10 liters of soda, namely Coca-Cola, each day.

The overdose of soda, similar to overdosing on crack cocaine, resulted in a loss of potassium in the bloodstream, a condition known as hypokalemia.

As a result of drinking too much soda over the years, Harris was forced to have her teeth removed because of the decay from sugar. Not only were her teeth affected, one of her children was born without enamel, probably as a result of her excessive soda intake.

Her family reported that Harris would suffer from withdrawal symptoms which included shaking, when she didn't "get her fix."

According to Television New Zealand, that much soda each day is the equivalent of 970 mg of caffeine and over two pounds of sugar. This is twice as much caffeine and 11 times more sugar than considered acceptable by health officials. One byproduct of such an addiction, is cardiac arrhythmia, causing the heart to beat too fast or too slow.

Coca-Cola has denied the possibility of the connection of their product and Harris' death. Conversely, a Coca-Cola representative, in a statement to The Southland Times newspaper last year stated that "grossly excessive ingestion of any food product, including water" could be harmful.

With Coca-Cola not to blame, the coroner stated that he felt Harris and her family should have paid attention to the warnings signs.

"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 quotes his statement.

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About the author:
A science enthusiast with a keen interest in health nutrition, Antonia has been intensely researching various dieting routines for several years now, weighing their highs and their lows, to bring readers the most interesting info and news in the field. While she is very excited about a high raw diet, she likes to keep a fair and balanced approach towards non-raw methods of food preparation as well. >>> Click here to see more by Antonia

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