Shockingly enough....and not mentioned much by any of the big-time news organizations....yesterday, Venezuela (our friendly neighbor to the south, run Hugo (You know) Chavez, pronounced Coke Zero as a threat to the nation. Naturally, this means an immediate ban to Coke Zero.
The best we can say....is that Hug finally got convinced that there was a danger to your health. He didn't terminate plain Coke, or Pepsi, or even Mountain Dew.....just Coke Zero.
The quote by the health minister: "The product should be withdrawn from circulation to preserve the health of Venezuelans."
The truthful thing about Coke Zero....is that it does contain artificial sweeteners. For a long time, the experts have taken a dim view of this artificial sweetener business. It's kind like the smokes industry where tar and various chemicals added to cigarettes.....and you kinda get the impression that's more to get you addicted than to really add taste to the smoke. I'd suspect the same thing for Coke Zero.
Me? I've had two sips of Coke Zero in my life. You'd be just as well off having a full glass of water and squeezing half a lemon into it....and probably getting a better taste.
What happens next? There's probably 500,000 folks in Venezuela who are addicted to Coke Zero. Seems to me....black market Coke Zero will erupt, with 12-year old kids running across the border and bringing a case back....to sell to these poor addicted Coke Zero fans. Face it.....no cop is going to arrest young kids for dealing in Coke Zero or illegally selling it.