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Coca-Cola Linked To Obesity, Diabetes & Heart Disease; Soda Company Misled Americans

Update Date: Jan 11, 2017 08:00 AM EST

A lawsuit filed against Coca-Cola claims that the company has purposely misled Americans on the health risks of drinking soda. However, the giant soda company believes the charges are without merit in terms of its legality and factuality.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a consumer-advocacy group, filed the lawsuit saying that Coca-Cola has misled the public regarding the health risks of consuming too much soda. The company has earned enormously as well as spend billions of dollars in promotions and advertising to deceive consumers, the charges say.

Coca-Cola and American Beverage Association (ABA) have put emphasis on their campaign about "calories in, calories out." The propaganda says that maintaining healthy weight is about doing more exercise and not cutting on calories.

However, many experts debunk the campaign saying that exercise burns fewer calories. Cutting on calories from food and working out regularly are still the best ways to keep the pounds off, according to reports.

CSPI says that Coca-Cola is ignoring the scientific evidence that links sugar-sweetened drinks like soda to obesity, diabetes and heart disease. The lawsuit accused the company of misleading the Americans by downplaying the dangers of the sugar-laden beverage.

In a statement, Coca-Cola said that they take the health of their consumers very seriously. The company is said to be a credible and helpful partner in managing sugar consumption. It has work on improving the product's labelling and being transparent in disclosing their funding.

Previously, Coca-Cola has been accused of funding research that downplays the danger of too much sweetened beverages. Coca-Cola is said to have reformulated its beverages to reduce the levels of sugar and has expanded to low and zero-calorie.

CSPI demands that Coca-Cola and ABA disclose to the public the dangers of consuming sugar-sweetened drinks, fund a health education campaign and end advertising aimed at children. Coca-Cola has already claimed that it does not advertise to children under 12-years=old.

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