“Where’s the Coke? Is this a joke?”


Where’s the Coke at Jackson Hall?

Have you tried to find Coke or another mainstream soda when you came for lunch at Jackson Hall? You probably quickly realized… Jackson Hall does not carry any form of mainstream soda, especially Coke!

Why?  We are a health-focused food hall, located right in the heart of the nation’s 2nd largest health district. We are on a mission to serve nutrient-dense food and drink that promotes health, prevents disease, and truly nourishes our community from the inside out.

Here are a few things we have learned about cola. These are the things that remind us every day why we are proud to not serve sugar-laden mainstream sodas.


1 serving of Coke is 12 oz.
It contains 140 calories / 39 grams of sugar
FYI: According to the American Heart Association, the MAX recommended sugar per day is 150 calories/ 37.5 grams of sugar for men, and 100 calories/ 25 grams of sugar for women.
That means…  1 serving of coke = more than the max amount you should have per day!

In recent history, we’ve gone from 20 teaspoons of sugar per person per year to about 150 pounds of sugar per person per year. That’s a half pound a day for every man, woman, and child in America.

The average 20-ounce soda contains 15 teaspoons of sugar, all of it high fructose corn syrup. And when you eat sugar in those doses, it becomes a toxin.


As part of the chemical process used to make high fructose corn syrup, the glucose and fructose — which are naturally bound together — become separated. This allows the fructose to mainline directly into your liver, which turns on a factory of fat production in your liver called lipogenesis.

This leads to fatty liver, the most common disease in America today, affecting 90 million Americans. This, in turn, leads to diabesity — pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. So, high fructose corn syrup is the real driver of the current epidemic of heart attacks, strokes, cancer, dementia, and of course, Type 2 diabetes.

Beside the ginormous load of pure fructose and sugar found in high fructose corn syrup, as an added bonus, it contains other chemical toxins, like Chmloralkai which contains mercury. When the average person in the country consumes more than 20 teaspoons a day of high fructose corn syrup and the average teenager has 34 teaspoons a day, these heavy metals accumulate in the body, causing health problems.

When we look at the chemical components of high fructose corn syrup on a spectrograph, we can see that it contains many weird chemicals that we know nothing about.


Coke contains phosphoric acid: a crystalline acid obtained by treating phosphates with sulfuric acid, and used in fertilizer and soap manufacture and in food processing.

Phosphoric acid is a chemically altered derivative of phosphorus. One soda may contain around 500 mg. Recommended daily amount of phosphorus is 700 mg, and it is found in a lot of foods. Consuming too much can be dangerous.

Phosphoric acid depletes minerals in the body, like calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium, from bones and cartilage, increasing risk of osteoporosis and arthritis.

Phosphoric acid is also really hard on the kidneys, and it will build up in the blood if the kidneys are not functioning well.


Coke sources ingredients from genetically engineered crops (GMOs), and admits (almost boasts) to it with full transparency, saying “there are no negative health effects associated with GMO use.”

But, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) urges doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets for all patients. They cite animal studies showing organ damage, gastrointestinal and immune system disorders, accelerated aging, and infertility. Human studies show how genetically modified (GM) food can leave material behind inside us, possibly causing long-term problems.


Coke contains caramel coloring. What is that exactly? Sugars that have reacted with both ammonium and sulfite compounds, also called ammonia-sulfite, produce the caramel hue.

Reacting sugars with ammonia result in the formation of numerous chemical byproducts. Two of them, 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole, have been shown in government studies to promote lung, liver, and thyroid tumors in laboratory rats and mice.

California public health officials recently placed 4-methylimidazole on the state’s list of known carcinogens.

Scientists at the University of California at Davis recently found significant levels of 4 methylimidazole in colas that far exceeds what the state considers to be safe.


Soda is the most acidic drink on the market. It creates an acidic environment in the body and is 10,000 times more acidic than water.

In consuming acidic drinks like cola, calcium is drawn from the bones and teeth to deal with the ongoing low pH onslaught to the digestive system. The result? Teeth become weaker and likely to decay, bones become brittle and easier to fracture. The eventual result can be crippling osteoporosis.

Drinking soda:
-Creates blood sugar fluctuations.
-Increases the risk of diabetes, obesity, digestive problems, and weight gain.
Weakens immune system.
Decreases function of glands and organs.
-Increases headaches and mood swings.
-Leads to sugar rushes and crashes.
-Is addicting due to sugar and caffeine content.

So, what now?


Still need that sugary, carbonated drink? Try one of our house-made Radiate kombuchas, or one of our many natural soda offerings. Better yet, eat one miracle fruit berry (available in our Petit Marche) and drink some sparkling Vero water. It will have a similar taste to Sprite, only it will offer you nothing more nor less than pure water refreshment.

See you soon at Jackson Hall!


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