Wednesday, 6 February 2008

Fanta a risk to Pope Benedict's health?

The following from the BBC news website, posted on 1st February 2008.

"Gout surge blamed on sweet drinks

Sugary drinks have been blamed for a surge in cases of the painful joint disease gout.

Men who consume two or more sugary soft drinks a day have an 85% higher risk of gout compared with those who drink less than one a month, a study suggests."

Fanta, reported by "usually reliable sources" to be the Benedict XVI's favoured tipple, is a very sweet drink indeed. One 500 ml bottle contains 52.6 g of sugar [source: Coca Cola's own website].

Has any one thought to warn the Holy Father of this risk to his health?

Should the faithful start an immediate campaign of prayer for his protection?

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