The coca cola company has been criticized for number of issues and one of the most important issues faced by the company today is the negative health effects that are caused by consuming the products of Coca Cola. However, there are other issues faced by Coca Cola Company as well such as high amounts of pesticides in the products, unfair labor practices, environmental damages, monopolistic business practices and advertising unhealthful products to children.
There have been number of court cases filed against Cola-Cola since 1940s claiming the drinks offered by the company are dangerous for health. However, there have been some evidences showing that the products are not injurious for human health. The chances of tooth decay and tooth getting damage increases, if they are exposed to acidic drinks regularly.
High fructose corn syrup has been used in number of processed foods and soft drinks in the different countries particularly USA in the era of mid 1970s to 1980s. Coke has been using fructose corn syrup as one of its ingredients instead of using sucrose since 1985 so that the cost of production can be reduced. The problem with using corn is that the corn used in production of corn syrup most of the times comes from genetically altered plants (Which Foods Have GMOs). It has also been found that High fructose corn syrup contains mercury that is a toxic substance.
Besides this many doctors do not recommend consuming high fructose corn syrup because it increases the chances of obesity and diabetes (Single food ingredient the cause of obesity). Another problem with high fructose corn syrup is that human metabolizes high fructose corn syrup differently than sugar.
It has been advised by many nutritionists that too much consumption of soft drinks including Coca Cola would be very harmful particularly for young children who use soft drinks regularly. It has been found that people who consumes soft drinks frequently takes lower amount of magnesium, calcium, vitamin A, ascorbic acid and riboflavin in their diet. Besides this, caffeine is also found in the soft drink that causes physical dependence. A relationship has been shown between those who take Coca cola regularly and osteoporosis particularly in older women. However, this relationship has not been proven in men. As phosphoric acid is also present in Coca Cola that causes further health issues as well.
Researchers have founded and criticized Coke on allegedly toxic acidity levels and lawsuits have been dismissed by numerous courts for this purpose. Since 1920s number of cases have been filed against the company, however no evidences confirming these claims. Although in normal circumstances, medical sciences say that Coca-Cola’s acidity does not harm the human body immediately.
With all the primary issues affecting the sales of coca cola badly, the secondary issues also subsequently came up where not only the sales of coca cola got decreased, but also the brand image that took years to come up and gain the market, trust was negatively promoted throughout the world.