Good for Venezuela — Takes Coke Zero off the market

Hugo Chavez may be doing it for political reasons but Coke Zero is filled with all sorts of crap that is dangerous to your health. Of course Aspartame is all over the place including this drink, and is implicated in all sorts of chronic health problems, especially auto-immune diseases and mood problems. In any case it alerts the public to a real issue.

From Reuters:

The Venezuelan government of U.S.-critic President Hugo Chavez on Wednesday ordered Coca-Cola Co to withdraw its Coke Zero beverage from the South American nation, citing unspecified dangers to health.

The decision follows a wave of nationalizations and increased scrutiny of businesses in South America’s top oil exporter.

Health Minister Jesus Mantilla said the zero-calorie Coke Zero should no longer be sold and stocks of the drink removed from store shelves while the government investigated its ingredients.

“The product should be withdrawn from circulation to preserve the health of Venezuelans,” the minister said in comments reported by the government’s news agency.

For the ingredients in Coke Zero see wikipedia.

Besides Aspartame which is just bad for you any way you look at it. It’s an excitotoxin. These two ingredients are interesting:

Food acid 338 – aka “Phosphoric Acid” (Also used for rust removal!)

Food acid 331 – aka “Sodium Citrates” (Also used in photography and as an anticoagulant of blood stored for transfusion!)


Another post with lots of info on Aspartame here

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