I’ve always known that Coca-Cola is bad, especially when you are looking to stay healthy or loose some weight but I did not know that, I would have to run for 4 miles to burn off the calories in a bottle of Coke.
Scientists in US are asking for exercise data to be printed on Coca Cola packaging so that people will know exactly what it will take to burn of whatever they drink – because the current information based on calories is pretty meaningless to most people.
I agree with the above as most people including myself throw the calories count out without much understanding or what they actually mean.
Apparently, a 500ml bottle of Coke contains 210 calories, more than a 10th of the daily recommended intake for a woman.
According to a research, if people are told that they will need a 4.2 mile run or 42-minute walk to burn off the calories, they will think twice before going for a bottle of Coke.
From the research, scientist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, found that when teenagers are given the information in exercise form or what they will need to do to get rid of the calories they are about to take in, they opt for healthier drinks or smaller bottles.
Lead Professor of the researcher-Sara Bleich said: ‘People don’t really understand what it means to say a typical soda has 250 calories.
‘If you’re going to give people calorie information, there’s probably a better way to do it.
‘What our research found is that when you explain calories in an easily understandable way such as how many miles of walking needed to burn them off, you can encourage behaviour change.’
I definitely have to cut off the Coke for good!