Tom Brady Calls Out Frosted Flakes and Coca-Cola for Being Unhealthy Junk Food

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The New England Patriots quarterback accuses the cereal and soda companies of being misleading in their advertisements
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Brady said that Americans only love these products because of their marketing.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady called out Coca-Cola and Frosted Flakes, saying that they are junk food.

In an interview with the Massachusetts radio station WEEI, Brady said that the products are only loved because we are told to feel that way through marketing.

“I think we've been lied to by a lot of food companies over the years, by a lot of beverage companies over the years," Brady said on air. "But we still [believe] it. That's just America, and that's [how] we've been conditioned.”

He then proceeded to call upon Frosted Flakes and Coca-Cola, specifically.

“We believe that Frosted Flakes is a food… of course they taste very good. And of course all those companies make lots of money selling those things,” Brady said. “They have lots of money to advertise.”

Brady also called Coca-Cola “poison for kids.”

“You'll probably go out and drink Coca-Cola and think ‘Oh yeah, that's no problem.’ Why? Because they pay lots of money for advertisements to think that you should drink Coca-Cola for a living?” Brady said. “No, I totally disagree with that. And when people do that, I think that's quackery.”

Both companies have responded to Brady’s statements on the radio show.

“We offer more than 200 low‐ and no‐calorie beverages in the U.S. and Canada and a wide variety of smaller portion sizes of our regular drinks,” a Coca-Cola spokesperson told Fox Business. “As a responsible beverage company and marketer, we prominently provide calorie and sugar information for our beverages so people can choose what makes sense for them and their families.”

A spokesperson from Kellogg’s, parent company of Frosted Flakes, said that cereal is a “nutritious and delicious breakfast.”

“Numerous studies show that a cereal breakfast is associated with lower BMIs (body mass index) in both children and adults,” the spokesperson told Fox Business. “As a matter of fact, a serving of Frosted Flakes with skim milk has just 150 calories and delivers valuable nutrients including calcium, B vitamins and iron.”

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