Coke and Pepsi Blink, Will Tone Down Dubious Caramel Coloring. It’s practically a modern-day David-and-Goliath story, with a nonprofit watchdog dealing two huge Fortune 500 cola companies a significant blow in a battle for America’s public health.
On one side stands The Coca-Cola Company, ranked by Fortune 500 as the 256th largest company in the world, with almost 140,000 employees and 2010 revenues of US$35 million, joined by PepsiCo, the world’s 137th largest company with 290,000 employees and US$57 million in 2010 earnings. Together they sold 9.4 billion cases of softdrinks in 2009 in the United States alone, cornering 90 percent of the market.
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Harvard study suggests nicotine patches, gums don’t work. Do nicotine patches work? If we go by the results of recent findings from the most rigorous long-term study of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products so far, the answer is, no.
The study, which looked at thousands of smokers, including nearly 800 people trying to quit smoking over a period of several years, shows that nicotine gum and patches have no lasting benefit and may even backfire in some cases.
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Even soda lovers know that drinking too much soda is bad for the health. If you’re in the habit of drinking a lot of soda, you may become overweight and develop type 2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems and a host of other ailments.
Now new findings from an Australian study suggest that drinking soda regularly might raise the risk for respiratory problems like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The study was published in the Feb. 7 issue of the journal Respirology.
This seems an odd relationship, since soft drinks aren’t processed by your lungs when you drink them, but rather by your digestive system. But study authors say one reason may be that soda is linked to an increased risk for obesity, which in turn raises risk for asthma and COPD.
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