New Zealander Pounded 10 Liters Of Coca-Cola Per Day And Dies At Age 30. Was It Soda’s Fault Or An Over-Coke?

Empty bottles of CokeNatasha Harris died three years ago of cardiac arrest and according to coroner David Crerar, drinking large quantities of Coca-Cola was a substantial factor leading to her early death. Prior to her death, Ms. Harris was drinking approx 10 liters of Coca-Cola per day which is equal to 2.2 lbs of sugar and 970 mg of caffeine. Her addiction to Coke not only cost her her teeth but also lead to a cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) and that’s what eventually killed Ms. Harris.

Who’s at fault – the soft drink or the soft drinker? I think coroner David Crerar hits on the head in the BBC Article:

“I find that when all the available evidence is considered, 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…

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,”

Mr. Crerar uses the “if your teeth are falling out, reduce your consumption” technique and it should work with most people. I’m not a fan of Coke and I try to avoid it but we can’t place all of the blame on unhealthy soft-drinks when consumers consume irresponsibly. The whole teeth falling out should’ve been enough of a sign – unfortunately in Ms. Harris’ case, it wasn’t and her continued over-consumption shortened her life. [BBC via Inhabitat]