Venezuela Bans Coke Zero

The Venezuelan government of U.S.-critic President Hugo Chavez on Wednesday ordered Coca-Cola Co to withdraw its Coke Zero beverage from the South American nation, citing unspecified dangers to health.

The decision follows a wave of nationalizations and increased scrutiny of businesses in South America’s top oil exporter.

Health Minister Jesus Mantilla said the zero-calorie Coke Zero should no longer be sold and stocks of the drink removed from store shelves.

“The product should be withdrawn from circulation to preserve the health of Venezuelans,” the minister said in comments reported by the government’s news agency.

Coke Zero was launched in Venezuela in April. The government this year has seized a rice mill and pasta factory belonging to U.S. food giant Cargill and has threatened action against U.S. drug company Pfizer.


Hmmm, I see that Coke Zero and its cousin Coke Zero Vanilla have make it on the shelves here. Gotta check out the artificial sweetener(s) on the label. Depending on the market, Coke Zero artificial sweeteners varies.

Can include (one or more) :

  • Acesulfame potassium
  • Aspartame
  • Sodium cyclamate
  • Sucralose

For the life of me I can’t understand, why sensible people allow themselves to be fool by marketers that artificial sweeteners are the best thing since sliced bread over natural sweeteners. The body is a natural organism. It can’t function well consuming large amount of artificial stuff. If ya can’t deal with sugar, there are other natural sweeteners on the market. To each his own I guess.

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