Health: Read the Fine Print

You shouldn’t believe everything on the internet, especially if you’re reading about Coke.  Reports have surfaced that the soft drink company has paid nutritionists to make false claims about Coke’s health benefits. “We have a network of dietitians we work with,” said Ben Sheidler, a Coca-Cola spokesman, who declined to say how much the company pays experts. “Every big brand works with bloggers or has paid talent.”  The ads underline the importance of everything in moderation. One ad reads, “refreshing beverage option such as a mini can of Coca-Cola.” Another suggests “portion-controlled versions of your favorites, like Coca-Cola mini cans, packs of almonds or pre-portioned desserts for a meal.”  In a statement, Coca-Cola said it wants to “help people make decisions that are right for them” and that it works with health experts “to help bring context to the latest facts and science around our products and ingredients.” Coca-Cola claims that any ads it releases come with appropriate disclaimers.  Moral of the story?  Always read the fine print.

Contributor: Phoebe Roe

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