What research says drinking coke is helpful for teens?

This bit tends to move around the internet periodically. I never noticed this before, however, and the SDMB may be the place to sort this out. The ad (probably from the 50’s) for Coke says, “Laboratory tests over the last few years have proven that babies who started drinking soda during that early formative period have a much higher chance of gaining acceptance and “fitting in” during those awkward pre-teen and teen years.” Now, I presume that this may be a complete lie, but if not, what is this research? Maybe Coke may have paid for the studies, but what were they? What’s the straight dope on this? Is Cecil around?

The ad in question is a fake. http://message.snopes.com/showthread.php?t=59204

:smack: I shoulda checked Snopes before posting. Thanks. Boy, is this a great resource or what!

My 11-year-old nephew was allowed to drink pretty much as much Coca-Cola (not to mention potato chips and candy) as he wanted, from a very young age. It absolutely helped him succeed in becoming an obese kid. :stuck_out_tongue:

He doesn’t get *all *the credit. Give his parents a little, too, Unc.

Plenty of credit to go around on that matter. :slight_smile: