Coca-Cola is a Healthy Snack? How Company Promotes that Message

If a column in honor of heart health suggests a can of Coke as a snack, you might want to read the fine print.

The world’s biggest beverage maker, which struggles with declining soda consumption in the U.S., is working with fitness and nutrition experts who suggest its cola as a healthy treat. In February, for instance, several wrote online pieces for American Heart Month, with each including a mini-can of Coke or small soda as a snack idea.

Source: Coke is a healthy snack: How company pays to get out that message

I don’t think anyone out there is fooled by the advertisement.  If they read it at all…  I had encountered an article suggesting that soda/pop could be considered hydrating because it is designed to make you drink more of it.  And it is a diuretic, so there is some credence to flushing your system.  But there’s other things to consider:

One Step Closer to Immortality, Study Safely Extends Telomeres

Researchers delivered a modified RNA that encodes a telomere-extending protein to cultured human cells. Cell proliferation capacity was dramatically increased, yielding large numbers of cells for study.

…The newly developed technique has an important advantage over other potential methods: It’s temporary. The modified RNA is designed to reduce the cell’s immune response to the treatment and allow the TERT-encoding message to stick around a bit longer than an unmodified message would. But it dissipates and is gone within about 48 hours. After that time, the newly lengthened telomeres begin to progressively shorten again with each cell division.

Source: Telomere extension turns back aging clock in cultured human cells, study finds

This is very important because the big danger in telomere lengthening is the immortalization of cells, meaning cancer.  Telomere lengthening is old hat but the transcience factor is huge for anti-cancer and immune response.  Reason being that transient telomere lengthening allows for a rejuvenation of cells without tumorigenesis. Safely reverting the senescence response is absolutely crucial to ending aging.  However if this telomere lengthening increases lifespan, then there’s more time in which you may develop cancer or other illness from a mutation.  Does this technique increase the chances of cancer above what you’d expect solely from having lived for a longer duration?

This could be the key to making it economical and practical to grow beef or chicken muscle in a manufacturing facility…  Vegetarians, how do you feel about sustainable lab-cultured meat?

That said, I’m quite worried about the impact to society and environment.  Competition for resources and work will increase as turnover because of retirement is less likely to happen.  And it’d be compounded by the continuing advancements in automated technology like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robots.  Also:

You're just not fast food chain material

SMBC saw this coming