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Monday, May 25, 2009

Excessive Cola Consumption Zaps Muscle Power, Can Lead to Mild Weakness to Profound Muscle Paralysis


Coca-Cola could use some positive publicity, but instead, a report in the International Journal of Clinical Practice said that excessive cola consumption can lead to anything from mild weakness to profound muscle paralysis and doctors are warning because the drink can cause blood potassium to drop dangerously low. Ouch. That can't be good for business for either Coca Cola and PepsiCo.

The author of the research paper, Dr Moses Elisaf from the University of Ioannina in Greece, said it appeared that hypokalaemia can be caused by excessive consumption of three of the most common ingredients in cola drinks - glucose, fructose and caffeine. "The individual role of each of these ingredients in the pathophysiology of cola-induced hypokalaemia has not been determined and may vary in different patients.

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