Warren Buffett usually consumes 60 ounces Cherry Coke a day. Sometimes he eats ice cream for breakfast, loves red meat and believes the menu at Dairy Queen — a wholly owned Berkshire subsidiary — is healthy, too.
So when he saw New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg last summer at a conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, he made a nutrition point.
Bloomberg was pushing an anti-obesity measure to ban New York eateries from serving sodas larger than 16 ounces, an idea that Buffett called "kind of silly" in a recent CNBC interview. The calories in Coca-Cola — a company of which Berkshire is the biggest shareholder — are OK to include in a balanced diet, Buffett said.
For his meal with Bloomberg, Buffett brought along the biggest bottle of Cherry Coke he could find. “I wasn't going to let him have any.”
Buffett said that when his doctor advised him to drink more liquids, he asked: "How about Cherry Coke?"
"That's fine," the doc responded.
“If I'd been on broccoli and spinach, I would have been gone a long time ago,” said Buffett, 82.
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