I loves me some Coke Zero… lord knows I do. But I’d be a fool to drink it excessively and/or substitute it for water.
Hell… I might even give it up altogether after hearing about a New Zealand mother of eight who recently died after drinking 10 liters of Coca-Cola a day!
“The first thing she would do in the morning was have a drink of Coke and the last thing she would do in the day was have a drink of Coke by her bed,” said the woman’s partner Chris Hodgkinson.
“I never thought about it. It’s just a soft drink, just like drinking water. I didn’t think a soft drink was going to kill her.”
For the record…. nothing can replace good ole h2o! But death by soda pop is a bit bizarre.
Details surrounding the woman’s Coca-Cola overdose below…Natasha Marie Harris, 30, died suddenly on February 25, 2010 after suffering cardiac arrest and it is believed that she died as result of drinking too much Coca-Cola.
Harris, from the southern city of Invercargill, was vomiting six times a week in the months leading up to her sudden death, but she attributed it to stress.
The mom would become moody, irritable and have no energy without her daily dose of Coke, but the family never suspected her Coca-cola habit was to blame.
Her partner, Chris Hodgkinson, told Otago-Southland coroner David Crerar Wednesday that Harris guzzled at least 10 liters a day.
Pathologist Dr. Dan Mornin told the court it was likely Harris had severe hypokalemia — a lack of potassium in the blood — brought on by her excessive consumption of soda.
He said she died from cardiac arrhythmia, and that her soft drink habit, along with poor nutrition and too much caffeine, contributed to her death.
A Coca-Cola representative issued a statement on the matter, stating:
“grossly excessive ingestion of any food product, including water” could be harmful.
“We believe that all foods and beverages can have a place in a balanced and sensible diet combined with an active lifestyle,” the statement added. (source)
And the moral of this story is…
Even too much water can kill you, so you may as well drink Coke! 😯