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Is there too much of a *good* thing?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Ran across the following article about excessive Coke consumption (2 gallons a day!) as contributing to a woman's early death:

www.nbcnews.com/id/50796
346/ns/health-health_care/


While I generally agree with the points made by the article, I do take issue with one:

'New Zealand Food & Grocery Council Chief Executive Katherine Rich said "there isn't a labeling regime in the world" that could have prevented the death of somebody who chose to drink Coke in such large quantities... "It doesn't matter what the food is. If it's consumed in excess, there will be ill health effects," Rich said.'

I beg to differ with her. What would be the ill effects of consuming excessive amounts of carrots, for example? I do know of a rabbit that became grossly obese from too many carrots in its diet, but I suspect that a human being would die of other causes before excessive carrot consumption could be a potential culprit. Just think of all the crunching that would take!

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STEPHANIE302013 2/13/2013 3:09PM

    While eating too many carrots won't kill you - it can cause a condition called carotenemia - which turns the skin orange much like Jaundice (only it doesn't affect the whites of your eyes) - doesn't seem to be too big a deal but how would you like to walk around looking like an oompa loompa? They say that it can take months for the orange discoloration to fade from the skin.


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