The Incontiguous Brick

June 1, 2007

Sudan official “threatens” to help Americans lose weight!

Filed under: Our World,politics — iknowkeith @ 11:01 am


Dana Milbank of the Washington Post wrote that Sudan has threatened to stop its export of gum arabic, a key ingredient in soft drinks, as a response to U.S. pressure on the Darfur issue. Wikipedia states that [gum arabic] remains an important ingredient in soft drink syrups, “hard” gummy candies like gumdrops, and in marshmallows.

The concern for Coke and Pepsi because 80 – 90% of gum arabic comes from Sudan. (Depending on what report you read) If Sudan denies the world its gum arabic resources, it would cripple the soft drink industry. Americans would be limited to drinking water, tea, juice and other foul beverages!

on the other hand…

It is often suggested that drinking soda is a major cause of obesity in America. The tremendous ingestion of soft drinks in America has created major health concerns for the country and responsible for huge healthcare costs (due to diabetes and weight gain).
Oh no! Sudan is threatening to make Americans healthier and break our national addiction to sodas!

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I wonder what would happen if other countries recognize their power over the U.S. What if China stopped exporting poisonous foods? Or if South American countries stopped selling Cocaine? The DEA would be ruined!
Locally, what if North Carolina stopped selling tobacco to the rest of the country? It would be a disaster. Thousands of health professionals would have nothing to do. What would the Stop Smoking people complain about?

 Maybe the Sudanese have found our weakness. We do like our vices.

2 Comments »

  1. Sudan official threatens to help Americans lose weight!

    Sudan has threatened to stop its export of gum arabic, a key ingredient in soft drinks, as a response to U.S. pressure on the Darfur issue. Gum arabic is an important ingredient in soft drinks. Oh no! Sudan is threatening to make Americans healthier an…

    Trackback by Jeqq.com — June 1, 2007 @ 12:25 pm | Reply

  2. Oh no, how did you find that image of my belly? Notice the coke stain on my sleeve?
    🙂

    Comment by Poem — June 1, 2007 @ 1:47 pm | Reply


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