CerealandBeverage-Gate: Coca-Cola, Kellogg respond

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Everyone’s varying opinions on football air pressure aside, I’m inclined to go with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s assessment of products like Coca-Cola and Frosted Flakes when he called them poison for our nation’s kids.

With all the preservatives and strange chemicals like Bisphenol-A (BPA) and Sodium Cyclamate, I suppose we likely are killing ourselves slowly by putting this stuff into our bodies.

But, hey I’m no scientist – I only play one on the internet…

So Coca-Cola and Kellogg laughably felt behooved to respond to Brady’s criticisms while the Patriots star QB defended his health guru, Alex Guerrero – accused of shady past practices, on WEEI Monday morning.

“You’ll probably go out and drink Coca-Cola and think, ‘Oh yeah, that’s no problem.’ Why? Because they pay lots of money for advertisements to think that you should drink Coca-Cola for a living? No, I totally disagree with that,” Brady said. “And when people do that, I think that’s quackery. And the fact that they can sell that to kids? I mean, that’s poison for kids.”

“We offer more than 200 low- and no-calorie beverages in the U.S. and Canada and a wide variety of smaller portion sizes of our regular drinks,” Coca-Cola wrote in a released statement on Wednesday. “As a responsible beverage company and marketer, we prominently provide calorie and sugar information for our beverages so people can choose what makes sense for them and their families.”

Cereal giant Kellog’s response to Brady’s “You keep eating those things and you keep wondering why we do have just incredible rates of disease in our country:”

“Cereal is a delicious and nutritious breakfast,” a Kellogg spokesperson said. “Numerous studies show that a cereal breakfast is associated with lower BMIs (body mass index) in both children and adults. As a matter of fact, a serving of Frosted Flakes with skim milk has just 150 calories and delivers valuable nutrients including calcium, B vitamins and iron.”

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