The message behind Hugo Chavez’ “Don’t drink Coca Cola”


July 24, 2012 – During a speech last Sunday, president Hugo Chavez urged Venezuelans to drink fruit juice instead of Coca Cola and other soft drinks. Chavez said people instead should buy Utiva, a grape juice made by Venezuelan company Corpozulia.

As often is the case after a televised speech by the Venezuelan leader, corporate media were quick to criticize the president’s words, this time by stating his warning against Coca Cola was “just an attempt to reduce imports” to the country that lately has become subject of the U.S. presidential election campaign – but there may be more to Chavez’ advice to his people.

Health advice

First of all, it is no big secret that Coca Cola has contributed to many ‘modern’ diseases, tooth decay and even contains the cancer-causing chemical 4-methylimidazole. More than hundred years ago, Coca Cola was already the subject of a court case brought by the U.S. government who believed the soft drink damaged the brain. Coca Cola among other types of colas is full of sugar, which is highly responsible for diabetes and overweight. Colas also contain ethylene glycol, which is used in anti-freeze and which can be seen as a slow poison; it won’t kill you if you have it in small quantities but it does in large quantities.

So-called diet colas are not an ounce better than “normal” colas. They contain Aspartame which is the common ingredient in all fake sugar and which has proven to be a cause of seizures, breathing difficulties, memory loss, nausea, headaches, and a host of other symptoms. Aspartame can also trigger some chronic illnesses like brain tumours, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy.

On the other hand, scientist believe grape juice may provide some of the same heart benefits of red wine, including reducing the risk of blood clots, reducing “bad” cholesterol, preventing damage to blood vessels in your heart and it helps to maintain a healthy blood pressure. Grape juice is rich in health-protecting antioxidants, including resveratrol and flavonoids. It also prevents from cough and acidity and is a good home remedy for migraine as taking grape juice in the morning (without sugar) helps in curing the headache. More of the many benefits of grape juice can be found here.

It seems that Chavez, as befits a good leader, in first place dispensed health advice to the Venezuelans in his July 22 television speech, like he often did before by calling on them to eat healthy foods, to exercise and to avoid drugs and alcohol.

Venezuela’s need to nationalize products

Secondly, Chavez is totally right to try to increase the consumption of Venezuelan-made products instead of buying sugary sodas made by foreign companies. Currently Venezuela imports most of its food and drinks and there is no better way to make the country vulnerable to Western globalists than to be dependant on the shareholders of those globalists’ companies. Venezuela has been a threat to Washington and its allies from the first time Chavez was elected President of Venezuela in 1998 – not because he was a threat to the United States’ much-lauded “national security”, but because Chavez has awakened his country in many economic, political and social ways. The more popular he became, the more millions of dollars flowed from US agencies to anti-Chavez groups to destabilize, descredit, delegitimize, overthrow, assassinate or remove him from power by any means possible. International media keep calling him a dictator, tyrant, authoritarian, narco, anti-American, terrorist; this all without presenting any proof for such titles.

“Venezuela is an example of how a rising people, facing the most difficult obstacles and the brutal force of empire, can build a model where social justice reigns, and human prosperity is cherished above economic wealth. Venezuela is a country where millions once invisible are today, visible. Today they have a voice and the power to decide the future of their country, without being strangled by foreign hands. Today, thanks to the revolution led by President Chavez, Venezuela is one of the happiest countries in the world. That is the threat Chavez and Venezuela represent to Washington: The threat of a good example”, wrote Venezuela’s Eva Golinger last week, and her 2007 book “Bush versus Chavez” exposes more of the imperialist machinations of Washington as it tries to subvert a socialist revolution for the twenty-first century.

Venezuela therefore better nationalizes as much as it can nationalize before the corporate-financiers and globalist bankers will decide this time it is time for economic sanctions against the South American country.

Muammar Qaddafi also warned against Coca Cola

Hugo Chavez is not the first leader who criticizes Coca Cola. During a speech in Conakry, Guinea on June 25, 2007, Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi faulted Coca Cola and Pepsi Cola for taking cheap raw material (e.g. the Kola nut) from Africa to make their product and then selling it back to the continent at a high price, when he addressed the audience by saying:

Have you heard of Pepsi Cola? I am sure you have. Have you heard of Coca Cola? Whenever I ask about Pepsi Cola or Coca Cola, people immediately say it’s an American and European drink. This is not true. The cola is African. They have taken the cheap raw material from us… They produced it, they made it into a drink, and they sell it to us for a high price. Why are Pepsi Cola and Coca Cola expensive? Because they have taken our cola, produced it, and sold it back to us. We should produce it ourselves and sell it to them.

Corporate-funded “revolutions”

The robbery of African resources is just one example of known and ongoing abuses and crimes committed by the Coca Cola Company. However, among the observable consequences of “drinking Coca Cola” Chavez warned for, ranging from a laundry list of vague complaints to chronic diseases to death, is the fact that Coca Cola is part of the corporate parasites who have planned and funded the so-called Arab Spring, in which foreign-backed armed terrorists seek to overthrow people-supported governments under the guise of a popular revolution. It happened to the Libyan Jamahiriya whose revolutionary leader warned against Coca Cola as well as against other Western brands and influences which he symbolically called “hallucinogenic drugs” in his widely misunderstood and misinterpreted February 22, 2011 speech – will it happen to another sovereign country whose revolutionary leader warns against Coca Cola; Venezuela?

Hugo Chavez likely not only dispensed health advice to his people, neither did he just express the need to nationalize food and drinks. Being well-aware of the globalists agenda, the popular leader last year stated that Libya is just the beginning, that it have been the imperialist powers who arranged the war on Libya by providing arms and mercenaries, and that they “better not attempt to apply the Libyan formula to Venezuela or we’ll have to show them our power.”

Especially in the light of the upcoming October 7 elections, Chavez’ warning against Coca Cola very likely contains a warning against the corporate brands and their corporate-funded “revolutions” carried out by “opposition groups” who seek to impose “democracy” on countries that are independent from the West.

Let’s hope the Venezuelan people have recognized the meaning of this message.

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