A new study suggests that people who frequently drink sugar-sweetened drinks, including soda, increase their risk of death from cardiovascular diseases, and to a lesser extend, cancer.
We think that’s all the more reason it’s time to investigate recent allegations that Coca-Cola is colluding with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to downplay the negative health consequences associated with drinking Coke.
Your tax dollars fund the CDC, a federal agency that bills itself as “the nation’s health protection agency, working 24/7 to protect America from health and safety threats.”
But emails between the CDC and Coca-Cola executives reveal a cozy relationship, which Coke used to “to gain and expand access, to lobby and to shift attention and blame away from sugar-sweetened beverages,” according to a study published in The Milbank Quarterly.
You probably don’t drink Coke or other effects of sugary soft drinks, which scientists link to type 2 diabetes and heart disease, among other health problems. Still, shouldn’t America’s “health” authorities protect public health? Not the profits of big corporations and their health-harming products?