Contributes Coca Cola to obesity

Consumer organization denounces: Coca-Cola is responsible for obesity

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Consumer organization denounces Coca-Cola is responsible for obesity

Cola. Word has got around to everyone that brown sugar water is anything but healthy. But even if the stuff is pilloried week after week, that's not enough for the consumer organization Foodwatch. She is convinced that Coca-Cola, the world market leader for lemonades, also bears a “decisive joint responsibility” in this country for the fact that diseases such as obesity and diabetes are on the rise.

The association is therefore demanding that the federal government introduce a manufacturer tax for over-sweetened beverages. Such a levy has also been in place in Great Britain since Friday and Foodwatch would like a similar solution for Germany. Federal Food Minister Julia Klöckner from the CDU, however, thinks more holistically and wants an "overall strategy" to reduce fat, sugar and salt in German foods. She warned against supposedly simple solutions.

Coca-Cola responded to the allegations. Patrick Kammerer, member of the management team: “Obesity is a complex phenomenon. Simple answers are tempting, but they don't solve the problem. ”Kammerer emphasized that it was wrong to focus on just one food and one ingredient. The Foodwatch report, in which the consumer protection organization Coca-Cola examined 100 pages, paints a different picture.

"Liquid disease-causing agents"

The beverage giant understands it “like hardly any other group how to create a positive image, also and especially with young people”, they say. The author of the report, Oliver Huizinga, describes the lemonades from Coca-Cola in his text as “liquid sickness makers”, for which children and young people are advertised in particular by YouTube stars and footballers on television.

Coca-Cola countered with the argument that it was doing a disproportionately large amount of advertising for sugar-free or reduced-sugar drinks and that it was not advertising in media that were aimed at children under the age of twelve. The company has committed itself to this and has this claim regularly checked by independent third parties.

According to Foodwatch, 80 percent of independently funded research revealed a clear link between sweet drink consumption and obesity, while 80 percent of studies commissioned by the food industry would suggest the opposite. In addition, Coca-Cola undertakes massive lobbying to counteract special taxes and advertising bans.

Coca-Cola manager Kammerer emphasized that the company was already in the process of reducing the sugar content - by 2020 it should be reduced by an average of 10 percent. The goal by 2025 is to generate half of all beverage sales in sugar-free or reduced-sugar products: "For years now, we have been offering at least one version of every classic soft drink without any sugar," says Kammerer.


Author: Bernhard Trecksel