You don’t need to be a nutrition expert to know that drinking coke is unhealthy. Yet several nutrition and fitness experts were caught suggesting drinking mini cans of coke as part of a healthy diet. Well, you don’t need to be a marketing expert to understand what is going on; these “experts” are being paid to push Coca-Cola’s agenda and help pick sales back up.
Who Can We Trust?
Examiner.com is generally regarded as a high quality health information site, but even it sold out to big-soda. In a recent article they suggest smaller portion sizes to limit snacking, but it also read “include having a favorite beverage, even soda,” going one step further with “by reaching for a Coca-Cola mini can and enjoy!”
The author disclosed that they may be working as a consultant for various food and beverage companies, but calling themselves a “health expert” while pushing sugary soda as part of a healthy diet is just outlandish.
Product placement and company endorsed articles are everywhere, its just marketing 101. Our problem lies with the “health experts” and highly regarded health sites misleading their readers so grotesquely. These are not small blogs, they are top tier health sites renowned for high quality, unbiased information.
The Bigger Problem
The Coca-Cola debacle does help shine a light on how companies can influence health articles and even research.
Many doctors are guilty of selling out their patients health too. Pushing unnecessary pharmaceutical drugs with ugly side effects in order to turn patients into customers. While there is certainly a need for certain pharmaceuticals, it has turned into big-business. Statin drugs for example bring in billions of dollars each year, despite all the scientific evidence showing they generally do more harm than good.
This is not the first time health officials and medical professionals push someone else’s agenda for profit, and it won’t be the last.
If you are going to reach for a can of pop anyway, then yes, the mini-cans are a good way to control your portion and limit your sugar intake.
No, drinking soda is not part of a healthy diet. In no way, shape or form is Coca-Cola part of a healthy diet. It is a “treat”, a can void of nutrients and filled with artificial flavors, colors and sugar.
We want health oriented sites and their readers to demand a higher standard. Endorsements and product-plugs are not only inevitable, but necessary. But there are thousands of high quality health products to promote.
We openly promote numerous products on our site in order to make money, however we never promote a product we don’t believe in 100%. Glutathione PRO may not be a health-titan like Examiner.com, but we would never push a product that we wouldn’t take / use ourselves.
We are in the business of helping our readers live healthier, happier lives.