New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady called Coca-Cola “poison for kids.”
“You probably go out and drink Coca-Cola and think, ‘Oh yeah, that’s no problem,’” he said on the Dennis & Callahan Morning Show. “Why, because they pay lots of money for advertisements that think that you should drink Coca-Cola for a living?”
“No, I totally disagree with that and when people do that, I think that’s quackery, and just the fact that they can sell that to kids? That’s poison for kids.”
Regular coke does contains high-fructose corn syrup, which has been linked to a variety of health problems including high blood pressure and obesity.
“In the past 30 years, the obesity rates in the U.S. (and other fast-food nations) have absolutely sky-rocketed,” Natural Society’s Christina Sarich reported. “It isn’t even necessarily because we are eating more and lacking physical exercise, or even because of genetics.”
“Medical bills to treat diseases associated with obesity are more than $200 billion annually now; much of the obesity problem lies in food additives like fructose which food companies are so eager to put in their products.”
She also referred to a study revealing that fructose can cause uncontrolled growth of the heart muscle.
“This condition can eventually lead to complete heart failure, as the heart literally outgrows its ability to function within the body,” Sarich said. “What’s more, since one consumes fructose to cause this issue, they likely have high blood pressure as well, which is a one-two punch to the cardiovascular system.”
But Brady didn’t just attack coke: he also questioned whether Frosted Flakes is “actually a food.”
“You keep eating those things and you keep wondering why we do have just incredible rates of disease in our country,” the quarterback said.
Like Coca-Cola, Frosted Flakes also contains high-fructose corn syrup.
“Another reason to avoid fructose is that its most common form, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), is derived from genetically modified corn,” Sarich pointed out. “That means it was developed in a lab, not grown and milled before it ended up in your table.”
“The Center for Disease Control and Prevention weight gain data illustrates that our obesity epidemic accelerated dramatically after GMO foods were introduced in the early 1990s; it is estimated that more than 80% of everything eaten in the US now is genetically altered since Americans rely so heavily on processed foods for their daily calories.”