I have often pondered the notion that fast food, processed food and drink companies are what is ruining our quality of life. We feel like we’re getting a good deal when we’re filling our giant cup up for third time at a soda fountain, or eating a ninety-nine cent drive through burger, or buying a quick dinner in a box, but what is it doing to our society??? Notice I’m skipping the part about what it is doing to our health. There is a bigger entity at stake – the planet.
This and similar questions have haunted me my whole life.
Every time a plastic bottle is opened, consumed, thrown away or even recycled, you still have a cap. What happens to the cap? How many trillions of bottle caps are there in our world? Plastic bags? Wrappers? Little colored bread cinchers?
Around the globe, people drink Coke products 1.8 billion times per day. And that consumption is not just affecting waistlines, it’s affecting waste lines, too.
A powerful new infographic, designed by students in Europe, claims that Coke wastes 176 billion liters of water every year and that its products are a massive contributor to obesity.
Now Coke will say that their products are a source of hydration and that all we really have to do to avoid obesity is to move (the company has even gone so far as to blame “chairs” in this ad that they ran in Spain). But not all calories are equal. Some calories are nutrient dense, loaded with vitamins and minerals that are good for health, while other calories are nutrient void, deficient in vitamins and minerals but constructed with synthetic and chemically engineered ingredients.
Given the ongoing realization of the impact that these products appear to be having on the environment and our health, perhaps it’s time that Coca Cola moves and simply steps aside so that these global crises can be addressed without the conflict of interest that it presents to their executives whose fiduciary duty is to shareholders.
I actually gave up soda a few years back, but I do still drink bottled water occasionally. Gulp. ~JuleeK@Sleuth4Health