U.S.News & World Report
June 25, 2013
Excessive soda consumption appeared to be the culprit in the case of a 31-year-old woman suffering from fainting spells and an irregular heartbeat after she spent more than half her life drinking only colas in place of water, a new study contends.
The reason behind her hospitalization was a dangerous drop in overall levels of potassium — a key mineral whose absorption by the body is aided by water but crippled in the face of excess sugar or caffeine consumption, the case study authors said.
Colas are typically high in both high-fructose corn syrup and caffeine, the Monaco-based researchers noted.