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'Dump the Unhappy!' Coca Cola-style polar bears urge in a new animated short exposing the truth behind soda

Polar Bears drinking Coke (but it doesn't end well).

Well, this isn't what you expected from the happy-go-lucky Coca-Cola polar bears. A new animated short film is hoping to educate the public about the perceived dangers of Big Soda.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest produced the film, The Real Bears, with the participation of former ad man Alex Bogusky and even Jason Mraz, and the video takes what look very much like the iconic Coca-Cola polar bears through a much more tragic tale than the happy Coke commercials tell. This time, the bears face obesity, diabetes, and amputations rather than the pleasure brought by Coke. With the help of statistics (and a very cheery song from Mraz), the bears eventually realize what was killing them all along — soda. (The best tagline ever: "Be happy, damnit!")

The video is part of an initiative to expose the soda industry, writes Michael Jacobson, the executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, for The Huffington Post. "Coke and Pepsi aren't selling happiness," he writes. "They're selling a nutritionally worthless product that's over-consumed to the extent that it leads to amputations, erectile dysfunction, and painful dental decay." Watch the video and see for yourself — it certainly paints a different picture than the commercials.


Analysts View on Soft Drinks Equities - Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Dr. Pepper Snapple, and Monster Beverage

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Investor-Edge has initiated coverage on the following equities: The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO), PepsiCo Inc. (NYSE: PEP), Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. (NYSE: CCE), Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE: DPS), and Monster Beverage Corporation (NASDAQ: MNST). Free research report on Coca-Cola can be accessed at http://get.Investor-Edge.com/pdf/?c=Coca-Cola&d=08-May-2015&s=KO. On Thursday, May 07, 2015 , the NASDAQ Composite ended at 4,945.54, up 0.53%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 0.46%, to finish the day at 17,924.06, and the S&P 500 closed at 2,088.00, up 0.38%. The gains were broad based as nine out of ten sectors ended the session in positive. The S&P 500 Consumer Staples Sector Index ended the day at 500.05, up 0.20%, while the index has declined 0.32% in the previous three trading sessions. Register for your complimentary reports at the links given below.

The Coca-Cola Co.'s stock finished Thursday's session 0.10% higher at $40.70 . A total of 13.83 million shares were traded, which was below its three months average volume of 15.08 million shares. The stock moved between $40.51 and $40.91 during the session. Over the previous three trading sessions and the last one month, The Coca-Cola Co.'s shares have fallen by 0.63% and 0.76%, respectively. Additionally, from the beginning of 2015, the stock has lost 3.60%. The company's shares are trading below their 50-day and 200-day moving averages. Moreover, the stock's 200-day moving average of $41.80 is greater than its 50-day moving average of $40.95 . The Coca-Cola Co.'s stock traded at a PE ratio of 19.62 and has a Relative Strength Index (RSI) of 47.39. Sign up and read the free notes on KO at:

On Thursday, shares in PepsiCo Inc. fluctuated between $94.95 and $95.67 before ending the session 0.35% lower at $95.15 . The stock reported a trading volume of 3.16 million shares, below its three months average volume of 4.87 million shares. Shares of the company traded at a PE ratio of 20.54. PepsiCo Inc.'s shares have declined 0.83% in the previous three trading sessions and 1.10% in the last one month. However, the stock has edged 0.62% higher on YTD basis. The company is trading above its 200-day moving average of $95.08 . Moreover, shares of PepsiCo Inc. have an RSI of 48.18. The complimentary notes on PEP can be downloaded as in PDF format at:

Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc.'s stock edged 0.62% higher, to close the day at $45.37 . The stock recorded a trading volume of 1.07 million shares, much below its three months average volume of 2.69 million shares. The stock oscillated between $44.93 and $45.50 during the session. Over the last three months and since the start of this year, Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc.'s shares have gained 6.93% and 2.60%, respectively. However, the stock has lost 0.59% in the previous three trading sessions. The company is trading above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages. The stock's 50-day moving average of $44.56 is above its 200-day moving average of $44.40 . Additionally, Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. traded at a PE ratio of 16.09 and has an RSI of 51.11. Register for free on Investor-Edge and access the latest research on CCE at:

On Thursday, shares in Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. recorded a trading volume of 1.20 million shares, lower than its three months average volume of 1.48 million shares. The stock ended the day at $75.75 , which was 0.30% above its previous day's closing of $75.52 , and registered an intraday range of $75.60 and $76.26 . Shares of the company traded at a PE ratio of 20.53. Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc.'s shares have lost 0.55% in the previous three trading sessions and 2.87% in the last three months. However, the stock has advanced 5.68% on YTD basis. The company is trading above its 200-day moving average of $70.88 . Furthermore, shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. have an RSI of 40.11. The complete research on DPS is available for free at:

Monster Beverage Corp.'s stock gained 2.14%, to close Thursday's session at $143.49 , after oscillating between $140.51 and $144.35 . The stock recorded a trading volume of 1.93 million shares, above its three months average volume of 1.09 million shares. Over the last one month and the previous three months, Monster Beverage Corp.'s shares have advanced 4.34% and 22.48%, respectively. Additionally, from the beginning of 2015, the stock has surged 32.43%. The company is trading above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages. The stock's 50-day moving average of $137.93 is above its 200-day moving average of $109.14 . Furthermore, Monster Beverage Corp.'s stock traded at a PE ratio of 46.46 and has an RSI of 54.55. Free in depth research on MNST is available at:

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Back when I reviewed black soy bean sembei , one of the commenters (Sophia) advised me not to be wary of the frosted sembei because they have a sweet and salty thing going on. Since I'm a fan of chocolate paired with salt, I figured I'd take her advice and give them a try.

There are many varieties of frosted rice crackers and I decided to just go for what was on sale This large bag with 24 crackers (12 packs of 2) was 168 yen (about $1.60). Each cracker is about 7.5 cm (about 3 in.) in size. "Soft" sembei appears to mean that the crackers are puffier and have more air in them than the flatter, cracker-like crackers I've tried before. They're not actually soft though. They are quite crispy. They simply aren't as brittle as some other sembei . From a salted snack point of view, "soft" sembei are like cheese puffs and "hard" ones are like potato chips.

The company that makes these is Sanko Seika . They make a great many varieties of rice-based snacks. The company was established in 1962 and is headquartered in Niigata . I've noticed a lot of the food manufacturers in Japan are not based in Tokyo. I guess that they grew up around the agricultural concerns that their products are made from and had no reason to move to one of the more expensive metropolises like Tokyo or Osaka. Sanko Seika apparently is known among Japanese for their old television ads which featured a slogan which amounted to "oh, the Sanko wafer is smiling at you." I wish I could find an ad on YouTube, but all I could find was a pretty pointless video of someone inspecting the back of a packet of sembei slowly and opening it up.


The front of the bag says "salad" on it. The combination of frosted sugary "salad" is one that doesn't necessarily sit well with me, but I figure it's a food-based adventure. This is far easier than a real adventure like, say climbing Mt. Everest. Because I'm 44 years old and have a bad back, funky sembei is about all I can manage on the adventure front.


The ingredients for these sembei include rice, sugar, vegetable oil, salt, skim milk, gelatin, fruit milk oligosaccharides , lactose, light hydrolyzate , whipped cream, soy sauce powder, and seasoning. I'm not sure where any of that amounts to "salad" and I'm a bit surprised to see "sugar" as the second biggest ingredient after rice. Despite the high amount of sugar, there are only 70 calories for 2 crackers. Considering the size of them, 35 calories apiece isn't bad.

These sembei smell mainly like average rice crackers with just a hint of soy sauce. If you eat them with the sugary side down so that it hits your tongue more strongly, you get a good sense of the mix of flavors. It's a very difficult thing to describe because I guess the closest I can come to describing it is what it'd be like if you ate frosted flakes with diluted soy sauce and salt. It's very weird. That's not to say that it is bad, but it's definitely an acquired taste and unique.

I liked these, and I will definitely eat the remainder of the bag through time, but I don't think I'd buy this particular flavor again. It's not that I don't enjoy them necessarily, but I can't see craving them. The hard part for me is the soy sauce taste with the sugary frosting. I'm not a great fan of soy sauce to begin with, though I generally don't mind it.

The texture of these crackers is excellent and eating them from that viewpoint is very satisfying. I'm just not getting over the mix of flavors. I'd recommend trying them if you have a chance though. There's every chance someone with tastes that run differently than mine might enjoy them. Certainly many Japanese folks do.

This sembei was also reviewed at Snack Love.

4 comments:

It's not like a home-style teriyaki flavour is it? My mother in law makes teriyaki and she puts soy sauce, sugar, mirin and sake, and you can taste the soy sauce but it's quite sugary, so I imagine these tasting like that.

I can't say if it's like "homestyle" teriyaki because I've never had it, but I can say it's nothing like any teriyaki flavor I've had from restaurants here or from pre-made bentos or deli food.

I'm actually one of those that loves this (sugar frosted senbei).. but then again i am asian

Hi, Amelia, and thank you for reading and thank you for your comment.

Since sampling this, I've tried two other kinds of frosted sembei and I liked both of them (reviews to come). I don't have an issue with the idea of frosted sembei. I just didn't like this particular mix of flavors.


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Soft drinks are poison

Several reports have labeled soft drinks as extremely harmful to your health and a lot of people are already aware of the dangers. But this doesn’t seem to affect the addiction people have, doesn’t stop the manufacturers flooding the market and certainly hasn’t stopped parents giving to their children.

On average we can consume up to 23 teaspoons of sugar per day, some consume more. It is important to understand that reduction in consumption is a necessity, not punishment. Many people know the dangers of too much sugar but fail to apply it to their lives.

Drinking soft drinks or sodas is an easy habit to fall into, it’s everywhere and it’s easy to consider diet versions to be a relatively harmless vice. A sip for nostalgia’s sake or a quick caffeine hit can lead back to a three-a-day habit. This is what happens to your body when you finally give up the colorful carbonated menace. In my view, soft drinks aren’t just bad for you – they’re barely even liquid.

You Eat Less, Particularly Sweets
Cutting the calories from sugar-spiked soft drinks is a no-brainer: At 150 calories a can, those can add up to serious poundage. But diet soda packs on the pounds also – it’s just more passive-aggressive about it. Artificial sweeteners affect our sense of satiety. Our bodies have involutionarily developed to expect a large amount of calories when we take in something exceedingly sweet, and those artificial sweeteners are from 400 times to 800 times sweeter than sugar. It causes a couple things, the muscles in your stomach relax so you can take in food, and hormones are released. With artificial sweeteners, your body says, ‘Wait a minute, you told me you were going to give me all this high-calorie food.’ It can actually send some people searching for more food, out of lack of satisfaction.

You Lose Weight
Even though diet drinks are calorie-free, they cause insulin to be released in your gut because their artificial sweeteners are sweet like sugar, and that actually prevents weight loss. Insulin is your body’s primary fat-storage hormone, so it will have the body hold on to any extra fat. Trying to lose weight by trading a Coke for a Diet Coke is doing the body just as much harm, if not more, because of all the chemicals in the calorie-free version.

You Improve Your Immune System
The acidity in a soft drink is bad news for your digestive system, eroding tooth enamel and worsening acid reflux. But diet sodas are especially treacherous for your gut, and the far-reaching bodily systems it affects. Researchers are finding that artificial sweeteners may affect your healthy gut bacteria, which can affect everything from blood-sugar control to weight management to disease – how our immune system works and how our body responds to infection.

You Stop Your Bones From Breaking Down
The caramel color in soft drinks contains artificially created phosphorus that can be bad for long-term bone health. Phosphorous is a natural chemical found in foods like beans and grains, but the mutant variety found in dark soda is like a dinner guest who refuses to leave. Basically, you’re taking something that exists in nature but making this hyper-absorbable form of it. Your body doesn’t have the choice whether to absorb it or excrete it, so it can cause calcium to leach out of bones. It’s particularly bad for anybody with kidney disease.

You Have More Energy
The caffeine in soda is not your friend. Drinking too much caffeine can make you dehydrated, and it can over stimulate the nervous system, making you fatigued and exhausted. When people cut back on caffeine, they have more energy because the caffeine causes very big highs and lows. There is way more energy for our bodies in real food than in processed foods. When people cut back on processed items, they often look for more fresh foods and make better choices. By giving up soft drinks, it may seem like you’re making one change, but it can actually change a couple aspects of your diet for the better.

Now that you’ve learned a few facts behind soft drinks, reverse these harmful eating habits and start making smarter diet choices. You can lose weight fast without spending hours at the gym, but more importantly you will be healthier. There is a strong link between certain soft drinks and cancer and it is no mystery why there has been a push back in the first world. What are we doing here in Nigeria to protect our people? Why are there no clear warning labels, why are children being used to advertise these products?

If you still think you should be drinking soft drinks, then let me ask you a simple question, why is the life expectancy of the average Nigerian so low?


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