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Coca-Cola Sued by 2 Pastors From Washington D.C. 

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Delman Coates, the pastor of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church, and Delman Coates, the pastor of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church, have filed a lawsuit against Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association. KHOU explains that the two pastors want to bring attention to the health problems associated with drinking Coca-Cola’s sugary beverages.

“There’s an epidemic of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and a range of other degenerative diseases in the black and Latino communities, and really throughout America. For me, as a pastor, I see the toll it takes on families and children when they lose their parents much too soon,” Coates says. Studies have shown that drinking Coke can increase one’s chances of getting diabetes and having heart problems.

Bloomberg.com points out that the lawsuit is similar to those that have targeted the tobacco industry when it comes to claims of deceiving customers by downplaying the health issues associated with the product and advertising to children. “Like the tobacco industry, Coca-Cola needs to replenish the ranks of its customers, and it tries to recruit them young,” the filed complaint reads.

Bloomberg also reports that Coca-Cola has “200 reformulations in the works” that will cut down on the amount of sugar in their soft drinks. Versions of new Fanta and Sprite are already available abroad.