A Coca-cola addiction contributed to the death of a 30-year-old woman from New Zealand.
Or is it just a unhealthy life style?
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Updated Feb. 12, 2013 at 4:15 PM
Published: Feb. 12, 2013 at 3:01 PM
Natasha Harris via Telegraph
A New Zealand mother of eight, who
drank excessive amounts of Coca-cola everyday for years, died of a heart
attack three years ago, likely brought on by her unusual consumption of
the soft drink, a coroner has found.
In a decision that was released Tuesday, three years after Natasha
Harris passed away, coroner David Crear found that she died of cardiac
arrhythmia caused by the effects of caffeine and a poor nutrition, the Telegraph reported.
In life, Natasha Harris, 30, drank up to 10 liters of Coke a day. The
recommended daily caffeine intake for the average person is 400 mg.
first thing she would do in the morning was have a drink of Coke, and
the last thing she would do in the day was have a drink of Coke by her
bed," said her de facto partner Christopher Hodgkinson.
Harris died on Feb. 25, 2010 from a cardiac arrest. It was Hodgkinson
who found her seating on the toilet, bent towards the wall and asking
According to coroner Crear, "the drinking of very large quantities of
Coke was a substantial factor that contributed to the development of
the metabolic imbalances which gave rise to the arrhythmia."
Besides her unhealthy Coke addiction, Harris reportedly smoked 30 cigarettes per day and ate very little.
Still, Crear concluded that "when all of 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 coroner advised the New Zealand Ministry of Health to review
whether labels on soft drinks gave enough protection to consumers and
urged Coca-Cola to consider including the quantity of caffeine content
on its labels, along with a warning on excessive consumption.
In a statement, Coca-Cola Oceania Ltd. said the company did not agree
with the verdict pointing to the soft drink as the main cause of the
heart condition that led to Harris' death.
coroner acknowledged that he could not be certain what caused Ms
Harris' heart attack. Therefore we are disappointed that the coroner has
chosen to focus on the combination of Ms Harris' excessive consumption
of Coca-Cola, together with other health and lifestyle factors, as the
probable cause of her death. This is contrary to the evidence that
showed the experts could not agree on the most likely cause."