Mothers Check Their Soda Habit Everywhere After Young SAHM Dies From Coca-Cola

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coca-colaAll Internet-savvy mothers are well-versed on the evils of Coca-Cola or soda for children. Some insist on keeping the consumption to a minimum as we’re consistently confronted with the fact that modern children see more soda advertisements that ever, which serves as only a tiny sliver in the childhood obesity epidemic. But aside from the Diet Coke bubblies hindering your fertility chances, the noxious beverage is killing adults too — namely one busy mother who liked her caffeine fix.

After it was announced that a New Zealand mother of eight suffered a fatal heart attack at the tender age of 30, experts reported that her massive Coca-Cola intake most likely contributed to her death. USA Today reports that Natasha Harris was a SAHM of eight children — a role that probably required quite a few daily Cokes to get through the day. Like a lot of busy mothers on the go, Harris reportedly ate very little and complained of low energy. She also suffered blood pressure problems. And to top off her regular smoking of 30 cigarettes a day, the mother consumed between 2.1 and 2.6 gallons of regular Coke daily.

Her partner commented on the habit:

“The first thing she would do in the morning was to have a drink of Coke beside her bed and the last thing she would do at night was have a drink of Coke,” [Chris Hodgkinson] said in a deposition. “She was addicted to Coke.”

A doctor who testified at the inquest verified that Harris most likely suffered from hypokalemia, or low potassium, caused by the mother’s poor nutrition and insane Coke consumption. The “toxic levels” of caffeine also probably triggered the young mother’s death.

Coca-Cola has already kicked into high gear addressing this Coke-related death by citing that even water can be fatal in excessive amounts just for your information. And they would perform major damage control on this tragedy given that Coke has always positioned themselves as “wholesome” and therefore synonymous with family life. You don’t need to see too many billboards of families sharing a Coke bottle to know that the company has always tried encapsulate that strong homey feeling of family togetherness with their product.

The death of a SAHM of eight children, an avid consumer of said product, compromises that advertising strategy in one fell swoop.

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