Coca-Cola Now Paying Nutritionists To Say Soda Is Healthy For You

Hey! If I asked you, a normal person on the street, whether or not it was a “healthy choice” to drink a can of Coke, tiny or otherwise, what would you say? You would probably say no! Even if you were like, a super big fan of cola, you would definitely say no! Why? Because there is pretty much no health benefit to drinking carbonated sugar water. Unless you have like, agita and you’re drinking ginger ale and even still, though it “settles your stomach”–it’s not like, good for you.

Everyone knows that soda is not good for you! The science is in! Soda is definitely junk food! I mean, eating junk food every once in a while is not going to straight-up kill you, immediately, on contact, but like, it would be silly to say it’s actually good for you.

However, as SM Gibson at The Antimedia points out, it seems that Coca-Cola is now paying nutritionists to lie to you and tell you that a small can of Coke is part of a “heart-healthy” diet! Which, needless to say, it is definitely not.

For instance, in an article on something called “Brand Point Content”–a company whose “mission is to provide copyright-free, high-quality content for editors, ad directors, bloggers and publishers” (so like, stock blog posts?)–nutritionist Robyn Flipse sullies the name of all Robyns everywhere by claiming that a small can of Coke is a great, heart healthy snack.

However, at the bottom of her list of suggestions for a heart-healthy diet, it clearly states that she is multimedia spokesperson and consultant to global food and beverage companies, including The Coca-Cola Company.”

Antimedia also points out another article, titled “Heart Health Month Snacking & Exercise Tips,” written for by personal trainer Norma Rixter, suggests that you “limit yourself to a single-serving – one 100-calorie snack or look for a refreshing beverage option such as a mini can of Coca-Cola.” Similarly, towards the bottom it is revealed that she also works for Coca-Cola.

Now, sure! A “mini can” of carbonated high-fructose corn syrup is probably a better option than a chugging a giant 2 liter. Duh. And given that this is my third cup of coffee today, I am definitely not here to give anyone health tips. But it definitely gives me the heebie-jeebies that people who are supposed to be helping others get healthy are getting paid by giant corporations to try to convince people that junk food is a swell health option.

Coca-Cola spokesman, Ben Sheidler, says “We have a network of dietitians we work with, every big brand works with bloggers or has paid talent.”

Which may be true, and it’s probably not illegal to do this, but it is pretty shady. For what it’s worth, Frisky readers, I will never “work with” a corporation for the purposes of lying to your faces about things you clearly know are untrue.

To be entirely clear about my own biases, I have been boycotting Coca-Cola for a decade because of the whole “sending Columbian union organizers to the death squads” thing and various other human rights abuses around the globe. However, I feel fairly confident that my perception of this particular issue is not clouded by my dislike of Coca-Cola in general. If it were like, delicious pie or some other kind of junk food I happen to like, I am pretty sure that I would be skeptical if someone were to tell me it were healthy.