Drinking Liters of Cola may Cause Harm
According to a study done by Greek doctors, drinking several liters of cola containing soft drinks per day can cause a chronic depletion of potassium in the body, which can lead to muscle weakness and even paralysis.
Dr. Moses Elisaf, an associate at the University of Ioannina in Greece, identified six reports of cola- induced potassium deficiency. Consuming 2 to 9 liters of cola per day resulted in muscle complaints ranging from mild weakness to profound paralysis, and all patients had abnormally low potassium levels.
“Fortunately, all patients had a rapid and complete recovery after the discontinuation of cola ingestion and the oral or intravenous supplementation of potassium”, said Dr. Elisaf.
Dr. Clifford Packer, a doctor at Louis Strokes Cleveland VA Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, comments that “there is very little doubt that tens of millions of people in industrialized countries drink at least 2-3 litters of cola per day”.
Packer stresses that “the soft drink industry needs to promote safe and moderate use of its products for all age groups, and pay heed to the rising call for healthier drinks.”