Mexicans Hooked on Cola Drink

Mexicans Hooked on Cola Drink

Mexicans drink an average of 40 gallons [160 L] of cola drinks per person per year, reports the Mexican Association of Studies for Consumer Defense. Annually, more money is spent on cola drinks than on the ten most basic foods put together. High consumption of these soft drinks is said by some to be one of the principal causes of malnutrition in Mexico. Some of cola’s ingredients can impede the absorption of calcium and iron. Problems that are also thought to be linked with cola consumption include a greater likelihood of kidney stones, cavities, obesity, and hypertension as well as insomnia, gastric ulcers, and anxiety. ‘We used to be “corn people,”’ says Consumer’s Guide Magazine, ‘but now you could say we are “cola” people.’

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