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Chavez: Drink juice, not cola

The Venezuelan president has urged his citizens to avoid sugary soft drinks – and instead go for grape juice. But why?

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez speaks at a campaign rally
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez speaks at a campaign rally
Image: Ariana Cubillos/AP/Press Association Images

IN VENEZUELA AND want a drink of Coca-Cola or Pepsi? You might be out of luck as the country’s president, Hugo Chávez, is encouraging citizens to forego foreign-made drinks.

The Guardian reports that Chávez is urging people to buy Venezuelan-made drinks, such as the grape juice Uvita, instead of other sodas.

He made the comments during a speech on Sunday, where he noted that the country is trying to boost its consumption of domestic goods.

Chávez is known for giving out advice to his countrymen and women – and for his unusual approach to politics.

In June, a woman was rewarded with a new home when she became the three millionth person to follow him on Twitter.

The president is recovering well after a battle with cancer earlier this year.

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