My kids love Coca Cola, most likely because I never give it to them as I think kids under 10 shouldn't drink it. If they are given a chance, though, they will finish a 1,5L bottle in no time (and jump around being high on sugar for 12 hours). Normally they drink water. And, living in a developed country, they have plenty of that available. Water to drink, bathe, swim and play with. Their biggest threat is not the lack of fresh water (like it is for 900 million people in the world) but the likelyhood of getting obese or diabetes. I am not setting a good example for them (yet). Like my father I pretend artificial flavoured strawberry candies are made of fruit and even looking at Brussels Sprouts counts for 1 of the 5 recommended daily portions of fruits/veggies. But I do drink plenty of water, maybe to compensate for not being such a role model mum as it comes to my other food habits.
Tomorrow (March 22nd) is World Water Day. Reading about it in the newspaper I found out that every year 1.8 million people die from water-related sicknesses, floods, or famines due to crop failures and devastation of livestock due to lack of water.
Also in todays newspaper an article on Coca Cola. It appears that, according to Coca Cola, for producing 1 litre of Coca Cola, they use 3,2L of clean water. How bizarre to realise that a large percentage of worlds population doesn't have access to fresh water while another large percentage of the worlds population faces the threat of obesity due to too much fizzy drinks like Coca Cola.
For me another good reason to keep the Coke bottle on childlock for another few years. I should also check the health issues for eating (and probably producing...) the strawberry candies. I don't think there is a single good thing about them. At least Coca can help de-corrode metal and is a miracle medicine for any tummy bug on this planet.
But maybe I will find a brilliant way of using the strawberry candies (to fix a flat tyre?), or maybe I will discover they are made of fresh fruit, how cool would that be! If so, I will let you know! (but don't wait for it...)
If you want to read more on the World Water Day 2011 check the website: World water day